An email sent out of the blue asking you to represent a country you’ve never even visited, isn’t a normal occurrence for a teenager.
But that is what Canada is asking of SDC pupil Cameron Railton, who is captain of Llandudno’s Youth Team.
The 18-year-old has been asked to play in Canada’s Under 19 forthcoming rugby tour of Ireland. Cameron, who lives in Menai Bridge, on Anglesey, is eligible through his great grandfather who had emigrated to Canada with his family in the 1900s.
Canada’s rugby scouts had spotted Cameron’s potential when he played regional rugby for the RGC the Rugby Union development team that currently play in the Welsh Premier Division.
“When I got the email, I couldn’t quite believe it,” said Cameron, who is studying sports science, business studies and applied science.
“My parents also couldn’t believe it, it’s an amazing opportunity and one which I would relish,” he said.
“The problem is I need to raise £800 for travel and expenses so I’m looking for sponsorship.”
Rugby is a fast-growing sport in Canada, in recent years it has become the third most popular sport in the country after ice hockey and basketball.
Cameron continued: “The standard of rugby isn’t as good as Wales, England or Ireland, so it’s going to be a tough tour but an incredible one for me.”
The week-long tour is taking place just after Christmas, with Cameron travelling to Ireland on December 28.
He added: “I’ve been told by the Canadian team that if I perform well then there’s a very good chance I’d get offered a contract and could study at one of their universities.
“I’d like to study sports science next year, whether it will be at Bangor University or in Toronto.”