25 year-old footballer Jack Spencer is lucky to be alive after reportedly seeing the white lights of heaven during his first pre-season hit-out.
Speaking exclusively to The First Reserve, Spencer conceded that he’d had a “filthy off-season” and therefore had “plenty of work to do” before he was physically ready for the upcoming season with the Seacliff Stingrays reserves side.
But what Spencer faced in his first training session was like nothing he could’ve imagined.
“As soon as I got to the club I could see stop watches, blokes wearing heart rate monitors, and one of the coaches with the beep test CD,” Spencer reported in a sit-down interview with one of our journalists.
“It was easily 40 degrees, so I took a massive chug from one of the water bottles in preparation. In hindsight, that wasn’t the best decision.
“As we started the running I could feel the water churning in my stomach, and with each step it got worse. It felt like we were running for hours before we finally made our way back to the coaches.
“And you know what the coaches said? They told us that now we were warmed up, we could start the training.”
At this point in the interview, Spencer had to step outside for a breather. He regained composure and returned a few minutes later to resume the interview.
“We started with a two kilometre time-trial, and about 500 metres in is when it happened,” he recounted.
“Everything suddenly slowed down and I was in a state of relaxation and euphoria. Off in the distance I could see a small glow, so I went towards it.
“When I reached the light I could see my grandfather as well as other relatives who had passed away. They were all standing in front of a large gate that was pulsating with light. It was as if they were welcoming me to enter.
“Just as I stepped towards the gate, I was woken up by one of the assistant coaches pouring water over my head.”
Spencer admitted having mixed emotions about the experience.
“I was relieved to be alive, that’s for sure. The downside is that the coach made me finish the time trial.
“I finished it in 18 minutes and 26 seconds, which was actually better than my time last year.
“So I suppose I’m in pretty good shape, all things considered.”