The Heart of a Champion
“If you can dream it, you can do it”
– Walt Disney
This week Wall Ball is proud to introduce you to a young champion who has dominated the 1-wall Junior Division in New York. He has since traveled outside of the US to represent his country and is focused on becoming the youngest National Champion.
Congratulations to our new Player of the Week – Juan Antonio Martinez JR. aka “Chullo”
In his own words – From a proud Father to his Son…
My son’s name is Juan Antonio Martinez Jr. and he is 15 years young. He started playing handball at 4 years old. He currently holds the following junior titles:
- 2011, 2012, 2013 US. National Titles – 13 and under big ball boys singles(1), 15 and under big ball boys singles(3), 15 and under big ball boys doubles(1) PHA junior handball clinic/junior doubles
- Dublin, Ireland top 5 in the 15 and under big ball boys singles, 2nd place in the men’s B doubles
- 2013 B singles in Boston, Massachusetts, US
- 2012 GUZ vs ZEREGA Junior Exhibition Champion (partner Katlyn Colon) – Guz Indoor Sports Club, Ridgewood New York, US
Timothy Gonzalez is his handball idol and he is looking forward to teaming up with him someday in a tournament. He inspires to be a forensic scientist and he has always been great in school. As long as he keeps bringing home good grades he will be given the freedom to do what he wants. I never have issues with his schooling or his behavior. He is a well-rounded individual who is becoming a great man.
As his Father, I Juan Martinez Sr. would like to say that I’m so proud of my son! He has a great future ahead of him and at 15 years old he still chooses to be by my side on and off the court. I am his best friend and I love the sport or handball/wallball. As long as he is playing I will know what he is doing and where he is. This sport has kept him off the streets, active and doing something positive. It has also given us an opportunity to bond as a family because we have the love of the sport in common. There is not a player who does not know that he is my son and I also would like to thank the handball world for watching over him.
PS. Be on the lookout for Jaycob Martinez! He is the next big thing lol
Congratulations to my son for all his achievements on and off the court! You deserve the recognition and I am very proud of you!
– Mr. Martinez aka “Lefty Tony”
Chullo has it in him to be a champion. He has a lot of heart and a good head on his shoulders. He reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age. I had no fear on the courts and I was never intimidated by anyone. I have a lot of respect for Tony. He’s a great Dad and because of him Chullo is becoming a great person. Chullo – I know you probably know this but you have a great support system and always respect your Dad because these days great men like him are rare. Keep training and stay focused and I got you in a tournament this year.
(Red Bull Pro Athlete & #1 Ranked Wall Ball Player)
Check out Juan Martinez aka “Chullo” at the GUZ vs ZEREGA Junior Exhibition – CLICK HERE
Stay tuned for a rematch between Chullo & Kate vs Bear & Eric at the 2013 GUZ vs ZEREGA – Dec. 7th
Juan Antonio Martinez Jr. aka “Chullo”
Juan Antonio Martinez Sr. & Chullo