Daniel’s journey to Chile

WHEN Daniel Boyle started kicking around a “hacky sack” in his first year at Bega High School, he never expected where his life would go from there. 

While at high school, Mr Boyle attended the first Australian Footbag Championships, where he won the consecutive kicks event.

Mr Boyle moved to Canberra after school to study sports management. 

After meeting his Chilean wife in the nation’s capital, he relocated to Santiago in 2011.

He is currently working on a program to help children learn English through sport. 

It is no surprise his chosen sport to begin the program with is footbag.

“There is a huge potential for the sport in South America, but it’s not something that has really taken off here,” Mr Boyle said.

“I am beginning with English, as that is a key need here, but I want to make it about much more.

“Sport teaches values like communication, teamwork, leadership and respect. 

“What I am aiming for is to open Chile’s eyes to a range of other sports.”

Mr Boyle, 28, has been volunteering his time at Colegio Los Almendros, a public school in the outer suburbs of Santiago. 

Chile’s education system has been in the headlines throughout the past year, with student demonstrations a regular sight throughout the country. 

Mr Boyle hopes he can make a positive constructive change through the program.

Most recently, he joined his students in giving a presentation in front of the school at a carnival that displayed a wide range of different sports. 

Thanks to playing footbag, he has also appeared in Chilean newspapers and on television.

While this year has been about building ideas and making connections, the hope is to expand the program in 2013. 

Mr Boyle is busy applying for funding in order to make his dream a reality. 

His key hope is the Start-Up Chile program, which has attracted entrepreneurs from around the world with $US40,000 for early stage projects.

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