A WIGANER has been chosen to represent Great Britain – at American football!
Cameron Burrell, of Spencer Road, Swinley, has been selected to play for the national side after a successful trial in Doncaster.
The 17-year-old has learnt his trade from the very best after spending a large chunk of his life in America.
He moved to Wigan in 2010 with mother Dawn Zabel, her husband Bernhard and his three younger brothers Matthew, Alexander, William and Cialan.
Dawn is originally from Wigan but moved away and has spent time living in Gibralter – where Cameron was born, Germany, Canada and Winchester in California.
Cameron, who plays tight end, originally struggled to settle in the UK but eventually signed up for local side Lancashire Colts who train in Blackburn.
He, along with four other Colts players, have made the GB squad who will take part in matches in Serbia, Sweden and Siberia later this year.
It was a nervous wait for Cameron [pictured right] to receive the good news though.
“It was amazing,” he said. “I was expecting to hear nothing at all if I wasn’t selected so when I got the e-mail I was absolutely delighted. The e-mail wouldn’t open at first which was very frustrating but when it did, I was dancing around everywhere! It’s an honour and I’m very proud. I can’t wait to get started now.”
Cameron is busy studying joinery at Wigan and Leigh College and has also spent time coaching his favourite sport in Standish.
Training for Lancashire Colts has been made easier by the fact that their head coach, Geoff Leigh, is also from Wigan so Cameron travels with him.
Although playing in the UK has been very different to playing in America, Cameron says the standard is still very high.
“It’s really good,” he added. “All of the guys are very talented.
“Over in America, we have had 22,000 people watching us play at high school which shows how popular it is.
“I owe a lot of thanks to Geoff for all his help and also Steve Norris at Standish who has really helped me. If it wasn’t for Steve, I wouldn’t have got back into playing football.”