150 Neighbours

Commemorating Canada's 150th Anniversary in Scarborough

Dominic Willock

Persevering in the face of obstacles is the hallmark of a real champion. Overcoming the loss of his father to lung cancer when Dominic was just eight years old, the devoted, elite youth soccer coach proves what hard work, ambition, faith, and personal resilience can accomplish. From harnessing his talents on the soccer pitch at L’Amoreaux Park, to competing on the world stage as a member of Canada’s National U-17 team, to inspiring other up-and-coming young athletes, Guyanese-born Dominic’s journey is one to celebrate.

Currently, the Director of Player Development at FC Durham Academy, and the owner and Technical Director of Proper Soccer training camp, this psychology graduate says it is fulfilling to “see the moment when something clicks in kids’ minds, when they get what you are trying to teach them…Magic. Second, seeing them grow into young men, ready to go off to the next phase of life is very rewarding.”  Earning a full scholarship to the University of Hartford in 1996, Dominic competed as the men’s Soccer team reached the NCAA’s Elite 8. Now a father, husband and passionate advocate for his sport, Dominic says;

“Growing up, I didn’t have a father figure to look up to but I had a lot of surrogates, which I’m thankful for. My Mom did a great job of teaching me how to be a gentleman, but I had to figure out how to be a man on my own or by picking things up from my friends’ fathers. I thank God for protecting me and guiding me through those times to where I am today.”

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