By Lawrence Machado
ALEXANDER D’JAMIRZE is a highly-focused youngster who wants to be the best in the two sports he loves.
The three-time Australian and NSW champion in taekwondo (in his age groups) is also a rising football star who is deftly handling both contrasting sports.
“I find a healthy balance for both sports and devote two hours each day to my sports because I love them,” the modest Alex told The Hills to Hawkesbury Community News.
At just six years, Alex became the youngest Australian to gain a black belt in taekwondo and the Rouse Hill local has not looked back since then.
Alex is also a top winner overseas, having won the Abkhazia Taekwondo Championships, where he represented Australia.
“I feel very proud to have achieved my 4th dan and to be a taekwondo master is a very big achievement for me,” Alex said. “Martial arts has given me a life-long skill and my goal is to be a sensei 9th dan.”
Alex, who plays right wing, has a terrific turn of speed on the football pitch, where his skills has earned him special attention.
Standing 177cm and weighing 77kg, Alex is regarded as a level-headed athlete with plenty of skill and a lethal left foot.
In football, his aim is to compete at the highest levels and if he continues to play in high profile tournaments and top European academies, he could well realise his dream.
“I have been playing football for 14 years and I would love to be a professional sportsman and a coach.”
Alex played for top clubs Rydalmere FC and Spirit FC before moving to NPL powerhouse Sydney Olympic FC’s U-18s squad.
He took part in a junior international football tournament in Russia in 2015, attended Spain Soccer Academy in Seville in 2017-18 and turned out for U.D. Bella Vista Seville U-18s.
The busy Alex fired six goals in four games to help his club win the 2018 Sydney Youth Cup title.
Alex, who competes in swimming and athletics and is learning to play the piano, is fluent in English, Russian and Spanish.
One of his proudest fans is his grandfather, Victor, and the love and affection is mutual.
“My dear grandfather is my biggest motivator and mentor,” Alex said. “He has led me in the right pathway and for that, I will always be grateful.”
Victor added: “Alex is so humble and trains hard in his sports, we are very proud of him.”