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Pocket profile: Nick Paizis

What Junior club did you play for?

Until reaching under 15s I played my junior football at St Paul's football club. In pursuit of a premiership and to unite with friends I relocated to Bentleigh to play my final 3 years of junior footy. Following the success over these years and the relationships many formed, I have chosen to continue the next chapter of my football journey at Bentleigh.

How do you feel you interact with & contribute to the club?

The bentleigh community being extremely inviting has meant i've been able to interact with and meet many new people who I now regard as close friends away from footy in addition to teammates on the weekend. The leadership roles ive been placed in provide me with an avenue to give back to my teammates and contribute to the club by captaining and leading by example whenever and wherever possible.

What kind of game style do you take into matches?

My main goal is play in a way which involves as many teammates as well as play Bentleighs fast and exciting brand of football. In a sense my mentality is to take the game on, playing on wherever possible and being involved in handball chains to advance the ball down the ground. I also pride myself on being a tough competitor, never giving up and protecting my teammates through a physical game style.

Tell us about your hobbies outside of playing at Bentleigh

Outside of footy I love to stay fit and healthy through attending the gym and going on runs. Away from physical activity I enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling whenever I can. In addition, I love to play video games especially with friends, usually in a competitive and exciting manner.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a very goal focused individual and have spent much of my time studying throughout my years leading up to high school graduation in late 2020. In 2021 I'll be beginning a course that covers engineering and commerce which have been areas of passion I've discovered during my time at school. In the school holidays I have been working as a casual sales associate at PUMA where I've developed many people skills that I have taken back to everyday life. Despite being half Greek I've never actually been which is a goal for mine moving forward when restrictions lift.

What AFL or SSN team to you barrack for?

The Afl team I support is the western Bulldogs. To this day our 2016 flag remains the best day of my life

Have you got a message for the club?

I'd like to thank the club for being as proactive as possible in relation to getting us playing football despite the current covid climate. Football is a great social tool for many and to have it back this year was greatly appreciated by all.

Any advice for staying fit whilst we wait for the season to start?

The best way to stay fit is to join in with friends with similar goals to you. This keeps you accountable as well as makes the workouts and exercise more enjoyable.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

The champs “Tequila”

Have you ever had a nickname?

Having played with many Nicks in the past i've become known simply as my last name “paizis.” I also occasionally get skippa or skip from back when I was captain.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

The most daring thing I've ever done was getting interviewed live on the today show about schools coming back following the first lockdowns completion. Despite the initial fear, I eventually felt comfortable and spoke to the best of my ability

What three things do you think of the most each day and why?

Each day I think about my future. I hope that what I do within the day will help me be even better the following day and in the days to come. I also think about my family. Without them I would not be the person I am today, so keeping their health and well being as well as my connections to them close is important. Finally, I think about my next exciting venture, whether it be a football game or a social event or something else. This helps motivate me to get through the day and do the things I deem as not as fun as I have something exciting to look forward to.

Who is someone you admire or work well with at Bentleigh FNC and why?

The person at bentleigh I admire most Is Liam Dimattina. His perseverance through injury and difficult times is truly unrivaled and gives me something to aspire to be and someone to look up to. I hope that in the future I can give back to the bentleigh community half as much as he already has which alone would be immensely impactful to so many.

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