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Nick Bergling: Part Of A Massive Flood Of Cornerback Recruits

Tim Bergling (Avicii) and Hikari Sakurada, the great-grandfather and mother (respectively) of Nick Bergling.

Nick Bergling: Part Of A Massive Flood Of Cornerback Recruits

By Carol Craftman
The Spirit News
October 12, 2076

It seems that depth in the secondary has rectified itself in every way for Dan Harding's Leafa College Spirit Gridiron. Over the past two weeks, three cornerbacks and one strong safety have committed to the programme. One of those comes from a famous upbringing: Nick Bergling is the son of former idol Hikari Sakurada and the great-grandson of Tim Bergling, known as the deejay Avicii. Part Swedish, part Japanese, all Australia, Nicklas Ryuuchi Sakurada Bergling was born in Stockholm, Sweden after a honeymoon gone off the rails but moved to Launceston, Tasmania with his extended family at the age of two. Nick grew up on AFL but had a soft side for gridiron.

Hikari Sakurada and Sachiko Yonezawa, the parents of Nick Bergling and Scott Sakurada.

"My extended family love the sport of gridiron because my parents, aunts and uncle watched the sport in Japan and America on business trips," said Nick from his parents' house in Launceston. "I also like experimenting with the equipment in my studio that I have in my mom's basement. I correlate the game plan of coaches in sports to producing a good song using the mixers and other resources that my dad purveyed for me.

"I have plans to continue working on different sound samples and different mixes if my playing career doesn't work out, but I love the game of gridiron. My favorite NFL team is the Raiders because I love their cheer outfits and my mom used to cosplay in one of those outfits when she was younger. And their motto: Commitment To Excellence, is something that I adopt every day I do my work.

"After visiting the campus while the Spirit griddies were training, I had some time to think about whether or not I wanted to take the plunge. My cousin, Adam Sakurada (the son of Teru Sakurada), also had interest in challenging me for a spot in next year's team. So, by agreement, we decided to declare for the Leafa Spirit this past weekend so that we can make a promise to make the cut next winter while we settle into uni life.

"There will only be three cornerbacks that will return next season, I think, and there will be some space that needs to be had. Coach Harding is heavily investing in the secondary because they play a massive role in his system. He believes that everyone should get a chance to play if they work hard enough to maintain a spot on the list. It's like going through training to be available for selection on an AFL club week in, week out. It's a nice parallel.

"It won't be an easy road because there are only so many spots that can be filled. But I have this unshakable belief in me that if I have a go at camp, and I make the cut, everything will be easy because I have pictured in my head what's going to happen and what needs to be done and what I have to improve in. My mum tells me, 'Nick, you need to keep your wits about you and anticipate the next move and visualize it in your head. You're a grown man now, it's your call and duty to do the right thing and know where you want to be.' As long as I can also get some time to do some sound engineering work, I'll be happy at Leafa."