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The Backflip Kid Is Flyin’ High

Goals galore for soccer star who is off to France with Ontario squad

Article by By Ned Bekavac, Guelph Tribune

Jan 16, 2009

TRIBUNE PHOTO BY NED BEKAVAC — Guelph’s Wesley Cain, 15, is headed to France in March as a member of the Under-15 boys provincial soccer squad to play against soccer academies from Nice, Monaco, Cannes and Toulon. Cain is seen here holding the trophy he earned as the top goal scorer at last summer’s BMO National Championship where he and the Ontario team earned the silver medal.

Wesley Cain has been doing a lot of scoring lately.

And a lot of soaring.

The local soccer star has been finding the back of the net at a torrid pace, and his knack for celebrating many of those tallies with a soaring backflip has him dubbed The Backflip Kid.

“I think I was 10. And my teammates were just, like, ‘Wow!’ They didn’t expect it,” says Cain, when asked about the first time he celebrated scoring with a backflip.

The 15-year-old, a Grade 9 student at Centennial CVI, earned the golden boot trophy as top scorer at last summer’s under-14 BMO National Championships as he and the Ontario squad earned silver.

At that tournament, Cain scored eight goals in five games, four goals more than any other player.

In March, he’s off to France with the under-15 provincial team to play against soccer academies from Nice, Monaco, Cannes and Toulon.

A former Guelph Royals rep player, Cain moved on to play in Kitchener “to step up my game,” he says, and last year he was the team’s top scorer with about 40 goals in about 18 games. He also won the MVP trophy at the big international Robbie Tournament in Toronto.

This year, Cain will play his club soccer up an age level as he’ll suit up for the Kitchener Spirit Under-16s.

The soccer success has come quickly. While Cain has been playing since he was about four, it was only in a casual sense until not that long ago, as gymnastics was his thing.

“Just last year it got serious, basically,” he said.

He adds: “I’m very confident right now.”

Cain, whose older brother, Travin, is currently starring for the Centennial Spartans senior boys basketball team, says there will be a lot of scouts watching their games in France and it’ll be a great opportunity to “get noticed.”

The flexible and speedy striker is asked to explain his scoring prowess.

“Just picking a corner,” he smiles.

And as for the celebratory backflips, he says he doesn’t necessarily do one after every goal.

“If we’re facing a team that doesn’t expect to beat us or anything, I don’t want to brag and stuff. If it’s a tight game I’ll just do it,” he says.

Ever ticked off the opposition by doing it?

“Most of the time, no. They sometimes ask me to do it,” he laughs.

Cain and the Ontario squad are seeking funding support for the trip to France. He can be reached at backflipkid@hotmail.com .


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