Freestyle champion relishes idea of international competition

August 20, 2016
@Normal:Aaril Anglin juggles the ball with the sole of his sneakers during the national finals of the Red Bull Street Style competition, at Emancipation Park, in January 2010.

Aaril Anglin, who became Jamaica's most decorated Street Style champion, with back-to-back Red Bull Street Style titles last weekend, feels he has grown in confidence to take a shot at the World Freestyle Championship, to be held in London, England, in November.

The exciting and creative football-juggling event thrilled spectators and fans at the Ward Theatre, located at North Parade in downtown Kingston, last Saturday night.

Each player got one minute and 30 seconds to impress the judges and the audience with their juggling technique and proficiency in the use of the upper and lower body to juggle

the ball, while entertaining the crowd.

There was no stopping an experienced Anglin, who was the first winner of the first contest in 2012.

"It was very tense on the battlefield but I came out on top. You have got to have a lot of determination, you can't just expect to jump in the sport and expect to be on top," said Anglin, who has been training for almost a decade.

With a unanimous decision, the skillful freestyler returned to the winners' enclosure said as the 2016 Street Style champion.

He copped the main prize, an all-expense paid trip to London to represent Jamaica, from 16 finalists.

"You have to put in a lot of work, because I've been practising for the last eight years, so I am expecting a lot when I reach over there (London)," the Jamaican said.

One of the judges for the final was Miguel Coley, assistant coach for the national football team.

He was impressed by the final between Luke Soares and Anglin.

"It's a different version of football, and it is good that Red Bull has endorsed it and bring it to Jamaica," said Coley.

"He has to just represent Jamaica well, represent Red Bull," an impressed Coley said of the champion.

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