Fishing, family and, of course, football are the most important things to Club Sando forward and Trinidad and Tobago international beach soccer player Kevon Woodley.
The 29-year-old Woodley, who goes by the nickname of ‘Showtime’, is on his fourth Pro League club after spells with United Petrotrin, W Connection and Caledonia AIA. But he said he is comfortable at Sando and grateful and appreciative of his coach Anthony Street and team boss Eddie Dean.
He stopped to speak one-on-one with Wired868:
I understand your nickname is Showtime. How did you get that name?
Growing up playing football, there was a regular spectator called ‘Aiee’ who would sing and chant. He always observed me playing on the field and the way I played on the field his words were ‘you does real perform on the field boy, Showtime is your name because without you, it have no show!’ Ever since that day the name stayed with me.
What position do you play?
What is your date of birth?
July 6, 1986.
Where is your hometown?
When did you come to Trinidad to live?
In 2009 to play with United Petrotrin.
What school did you attend?
I attended Charlotteville SDA primary school and Roxborough Secondary after that I started fishing as I lived in a fishing village. Next, Brian Williams took me to Petrotrin.
Do you still fish?
Yes, I love to fish. Anytime I have free time, I go home to fish.
How would you describe yourself as a person?
Cool, quiet, love to be around my family and love to have fun.
What is fun?
Laugh, get my jones and kicks.
What is something that most people do not know about you?
I play a lot of other sports apart from football: cricket, table tennis, basketball.
So are you good at these other sports?
Yes, I am multi-talented in sports. I actually started playing cricket before football.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy listening to music and looking at football games on the television.
What type of music do you listen to?
Conscious reggae music.
Do you have a favourite music artist?
What pushes you to succeed?
My family. I recently became a father to a baby girl, Ceanna (who is three months old).
How did you start playing football?
There was an older man by the name of Kevin Murphy in the village where I lived who would come and hang around the youths in the village. I was seven years old at the time. He would come around and play football with us on the streets. Even though the field was a stone’s throw away, we enjoyed playing on the streets. I even ‘buss up’ my toe while playing. This is how I started playing football.
What is your earliest football memory?
In 2009, the first time I came to Trinidad to play in a practice match with Petrotrin. Brian Williams was my coach at that time. We drew 1-1 that day and I scored the goal.
Who was your most important coach and why?
Brian Williams. He brought me over to play my first Pro League game.
What makes you stand out as a player?
I love to work hard and I train at least five days for the week.
Who is your favourite player?
Neymar from Barcelona.
What is your favourite team?
Barcelona. The best team in the world.
What is your ambition in the game?
I love to win. My ambition is to bring in as many goals as I can when I play.
How far do you hope to go?
I would like to go Europe to play with Barcelona or one of those teams.
What is your best moment in football so far?
My best moment in football so far was when I scored the victory goal against Mexico in Beach Soccer with the international beach soccer team. I actually scored two goals but I got the winning goal.
Do you still play beach soccer?
Yes I still play beach soccer. I am a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Beach Soccer Team. The tournament is held in November and in 2015 we placed fifth in the CONCACAF tournament. I am looking forward to the tournament for 2016 which should take place later on in the year.
How did you get into that sport?
I was introduced to beach soccer by Zane Coker the goalkeeper for the Malabar FC team where we both played together. He saw my potential on the field and he introduced me to the sport.
What is your target for the season?
Right now we are sitting at 7th place. I would like to reach 5th place for the season.