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We recently got the low-down from Roque about why he loves Melbourne but mostly, why he loves being a part of the SportsHosts family. Here’s what we found out:
Roque moved to Melbourne from Brazil in hope to study abroad. He has been a proud SportsHosts user and this year was announced as a SuperUser of 2018.
Tell us a bit about you
In my spare time I love to keep fit and am a bit of a movie buff
What is your favourite sport/team?
“Soccer is my passion and Flamengo my team is almost a religion!”
I think it’s something you’re born with (being a soccer fan) and I grew up waiting for the opportunity to see a live game in the Maracanã stadium in Rio De Janeiro.
Being a part of the crowd at Maracana is such a powerful and intense experience. I’m also a big fan of NFL and NBA.
Tell us about your most memorable sporting experience
“My first memory of my team, is my favourite sports memory”
I was only a child about 5 or 6 years old, and I was able to go to Maracana stadium with my parents and friends. The atmosphere of the crowd was unforgettable; it sent a chill down my spine.
I remember getting goosebumps the very first time I heard the crowd scream “goaaaaal!”
What was your first SportsHosts experience like?
What are the odds that in my first week in Australia I was invited to go the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), by a guy who had the same sporting passions as me.
This is exactly how it happened for me...
My former English teacher invited me to join him for a ‘real Aussie’ experience. I was about to be exposed to a big part of the Australian culture, with a true blue aussie, explaining all the rules.
This is how I was introduced to the AFL (Australian Football League).
The Big Day - How did you find the SportsHosts experience?
During the match I remember thinking “Wow” Aussies enjoy sports just as much as Brazilians do.
“I never imagined that I would watch a sport that I had no idea existed!”
After the match I had the chance to try kick a footy (football) and have a better chat with my host. It was really great to learn the history and importance of football in Australia.
“Was nice...good to learn something new and exciting”
What about Melbourne! - Has SportsHosts helped you to meet locals or get to know the city?
"Yes! I’ve met some awesome people from other parts of the world that loves sports like me”
And that was the main thing for me, not only meeting Australians but other nationalities.
“I went to different places with and because of SportsHosts”
Final words from Roque
“I really appreciate what I lived and experienced...I’m glad that you (SportsHosts) were my first Australian touch”.
At SportsHosts we love sharing our hosts and SuperUsers experiences. If you have a great story, we’d love to hear from you.