Regina boy, 10, hailed as team player, off to World Cup

A Regina boy is getting ready for the soccer experience of a lifetime.

A Regina boy is getting ready for the soccer experience of a lifetime.

William Song, 10, is flying to Rio de Janeiro July 1 after being selected by McDonald's to be one of five Canadian children to go to the World Cup.

He said his dad received the "Congratulations, you have won," call at work, and didn't believe it at first, but then called home when he realized it was the real deal.

"My mom told me," William said. "I was, like, really excited ... jumping around."

Song will be at a semi-final FIFA game in Brazil escorting players onto the field — before taking his seat to watch the action.

Ironically, William is more of a hockey player than a soccer buff, playing defence in a local hockey league.

It was William's hockey coach who nominated him for the World Cup contest with an essay that talked about his work ethic and teamwork.

"He always [does] his best," Henry Song said. "The coach said the team counted on him."

William flies from Regina July 1 accompanied by his proud father for what Henry is calling a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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