One of Sydney Olympic’s favourite sons Will Angel has stayed true to the cause during the football lockdown by remaining positive but increasing his daily dosage of caffeine in keeping him sane as the world reacts to COVID-19 restrictions.
The well cultured Blues star has been hitting up one of his local cafes, ‘The Ugly Cook’ in Sylvania Waters during his time away from the game, where he has spent time catching up with his teammates; all take away and practicing social distancing of course.
“I have continued to remain positive since the pandemic hit so I wouldn’t really say I’ve been affected personally as such; it has however made me more aware of what really matters during these tough times.
“For the mental health and well being aspect its been good that there have been some outlets I have used in keeping myself sane, and yes, coffee has been one of them.
“I have driven my fiancé nuts (laughs) during this time but apart from work, I have been keeping myself active and have had the opportunity to catch up with my best mate Josh Gersbach for a takeaway coffee nearly every morning at my local, ‘The Ugly Cook’ as well as seeing ex-teammate David Dascal.
“Even Olympic great Paul Henderson pokes his head out as he lives in the area and we catch up.
“It’s funny, ten years ago, we were having these coffee sessions talking about a night out at Hugo’s Lounge and these days without sport, its conversing about property and the stock exchange.”
Both Angel and Gersbach also run a popular Instagram page, ‘The Life of A’, focusing on the fashion trends set out by famous sports stars around the globe with football taking a starring role.
Not many Australian NPL players can boast that the likes of stars such as Conor McGregor, Usain Bolt, Javier Hernández, Hector Bellerin, Bacary Sanga, Gregory van der Wiel, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Layvin Kurzawa, Panagiotis Kone, Nick Kyrigios, Todd Carney, Patty Mills, Quade Cooper and the list goes on of people that have liked their respective Instagram posts and page, ‘The Life Of A’ did just that building up 30,000 followers but suddenly lost their page having to recommence it recently.
“Josh and I were always wanting to create some sort of Blog which was inspired by Athlete Fashion and Lifestyle.
“After coming back from a holiday in Los Angeles, we knew we wanted to pursue this.
“Athlete fashion and lifestyles that inspired us during that trip were the likes of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Russel Westbrook, Lewis Hamilton, David Beckham, Odell Beckham and many more.
“We built a strong following of 30,000 followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter which included followers like Kevin Prince Boateng, Nuri Sahin, Yohan Cabaye, Tom Cairney and a few other footballers playing in the La Liga and Bundesliga
“We suddenly lost our page and were unable to retrieve it which was tough to take.
“From then on it’s been hard to grow organic followers again and today sit on 6k.
“We have new ideas for the future of the page and look forward to exploring these avenues.”
Having clocked up well over 200 plus games for the Blues, Angel has cemented himself as one of the longest serving club stalwarts at Belmore Sports Ground – making him a fan favourite amongst the passionate Olympic fans.
“I do miss putting on a show for our loyal Sydney Olympic fans who devote a lot of time in supporting us week in week out.
“They always give us that extra lift we need to keep going and its moments like hearing that chant
O-LYM-PIC that you do miss during these interesting times.
“Obviously I miss my teammates, and everyone associated at the club but I know if we want to go back to doing what we love, we need to ride this wave together and obey the regulations set out by the Government so that we can enjoy these moments once again.”
Work-wise, Angel has been burning the candle at both ends stating to Football NSW that it’s been ‘flat stick’ in his respective field.
“To say I have been ‘flat stick’ is an understatement.
“I look after a portfolio of about 350 mortgage brokers across NSW/ACT for Advantedge Financial Services (owned by NAB) and when this pandemic broke out, let’s just say I couldn’t wait to have a beer when 5pm hit on a Friday.
“A lot of customers have been impacted and it was pretty overwhelming during the first few weeks so I have been very fortunate that its been business as usual work wise.”
Not known for being a slacker in keeping himself fit and healthy, the 31-year-old has managed to schedule time in maintaining his high levels of sharpness he showcases on the pitch.
“Everyday I try to get outdoors for at least an hour to go for a run and complete a small workout.
“I live next to an athletic track so it’s very convenient for me and it also gives me no excuses not to be able to keep fit during this period.”
Check out some of Will’s daily self-isolation session below