SOCCER: You can see and hear the excitement in Gladstone Special Olympic athlete Adam Knust.
In just 50 days, the talented 26-year-old soccer player will represent Queensland in the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide and he will be a part of a five-man Queensland soccer team.
An injury setback in which he hurt his back in May last year that required surgery has not derailed his drive for the game.
"I'm so proud with myself and have trained hard with my coach Kasey Mossman," he said.
Midfield is Knust's preferred position, but he said he can fill in a variety of roles because of his versatility.
"It depends on where the coach wants to put me and sometimes I go on a wing because I'm a fast runner and try and get the ball," he said.
Knust has also represented Queensland in basketball and sailing and his back injury he suffered has prevented him from playing in regular seven-a-side soccer teams.
"I have also represented Australia in swimming," he said.
But it's his skills with both soccer and basketball is what he prefers.
Knust moved to Brisbane with his family as a 18-year-old from Brisbane and started playing soccer when he was 12.
Queensland will send three teams to Adelaide - an A-grade seven-a-side and B and C-grade five-a-side.
Knust is one of four soccer Gladstone athletes bound for South Australia.
They are Beau Westlake (A-grade), Knust's Queensland team-mate George Button and 11-year-old Tyler Roberts who is in the C-grade team.
The games are from April 16-20.
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