Liam Perry is following in his father’s footsteps in the hopes of becoming a professional sportsman.
It has taken several years of hard work and dedication for 16 year-old Perry to achieve one of his goals.
But now it has happened.
Liam is the eldest son of former Australian champion table tennis player and national team member to several world championships, Jamie Perry.
Perry recently learned of his selection to play for Australia in the under-19 World Floorball Championships to be held in Vaxjo, Sweden in May this year.
Floorball is a growing sport in many countries around the world. It is a similar game to ice hockey, but is played in a large stadium on a tarkett-type flooring.
Sixteen teams from all around the world have won through qualifying matches to reach the final stage.
Perry was noticed by national selectors after impressing in his position of forward in the Oceanic Qualifying Series in Japan last September.
He starred by scoring vital goals and assists under pressure.
Since then, it has been a tense wait to see if he had gained selection in the team for the world event.
His performance as a forward in his Stockholm National League team prompted his Swedish coach to advise the Australian coach that Perry was ready for the big event.
Liam’s grandparents, Carol and Brian Perry of Benalla, were delighted with his selection.
It brought back memories of son Jamie’s selection for his first world championship in table tennis.