Ryan Janes is shown wearing his medal after he helped Corner Brook win gold at the provincial Under-14 boys mega soccer tournament Sunday at Wellington Street Sports Complex.
It only took one email for Ryan Janes to go from a disappointed boy to a provincial champion with a gold medal dangling around his neck.
Janes, a 14-year-old Mount Pearl native, was a member of the Corner Brook squad that captured gold in A Division at the provincial Under-14 boys soccer tournament held at the Wellington Street Sports Complex over the weekend.
Janes is from Mount Pearl but when he had no team to play on this year his parents Rick and Elaine decided to register him with Feildians in St. John’s.
Janes was pretty pumped to know he could play with Feildians in the provincial Under-14 boys mega soccer tournament in Corner Brook and the flights were booked for a weekend adventure that would allow them to visit Ryan’s uncle Terry Janes at the same time.
However, the smiles went away quickly when Janes found out the Feildians had to pull out of the tournament because of player shortage.
Janes figured he would see if he could get his son a game with another team so he sent an email to Joan Knight of the host Corner Brook Minor Soccer Association to see if there were any teams looking for a player.
Knight didn’t waste any time getting Janes a spot on the Corner Brook 1 team for the tournament. Coach Doug Piercey met him with a team jersey the night before the tournament.
“It was the most fun soccer tournament I’ve played in and everybody was great to me,” Ryan said from Mount Pearl Monday.
“At first it was kind of awkward, but once I got to know them it was really fun to play with them and they’re all my friends now, so it’s great.”
His dad was impressed with how the local minor soccer group went out of its way to get Ryan a game, and wanted people to know that he appreciates what they did.
It’s a gold medal Ryan will cherish. More importantly, he has a bunch of new friends for life so the game is proving to be much more than wins and losses.