Aspiring soccer star, Orlin Petersen from Southfield, is excited to be heading to Sweden to participate in the Gothia Cup in July.For Petersen, this is the fruit of his love for soccer that he has carried in his heart for years.“I am blessed with very good support, with my family encouraging me at all times. I can say it all took hard work, discipline, focus and determination to get here.”He is currently training hard and is even taking advantage of the Argus Cycling Tour taking place next month to stay fit and ready for the overseas game.Petersen also praised his team, Tramway FC, which has made it possible for him to fulfil his passion and share “love to win.”His love for soccer was inspired by his father who used to play and at a later stage became a coach and chairperson of a team.“It started at an early age. I used to attend all sessions and training with the soccer team my father used to coach.”However, Petersen said, another reason to stay committed in soccer is to keep away from social ills and he is hoping to be a good example in his community. He has even taken it upon himself to help his family raise the R25 000 needed for the overseas trip. For the past few months, they have been hosting a series of events to this end. The next event coming up is a disco that will take place on Friday 8 March at Square Hill Hall in Retreat from 19:00.“Due to crimes in our community, I want to encourage other youngsters to see that anything is possible, but I can only achieve this with the support of the community. And I thank all those that have come out to support me so far.” V For more information about supporting Petersen, call 076 348 4202.