Teen fut­sal tal­ent se­lected for na­tional team tour

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

AF­TER play­ing fut­sal for just 12 months, 15-year-old Biggen­den school girl Jac­inta Grif­fin has quickly risen to the top of the sport.

Her tal­ent was recog­nised as among Aus­tralia’s best at the 2012 Na­tional School Fut­sal Ti­tles in Townsville ear­lier this month.

Jac­inta com­peted at the na­tional ti­tles as part of the 15 Year Girls Queens­land Coun­try Fut­sal team.

At the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, the Queens­land Coun­try side com­peted against Queens­land City, North Queens­land Ayr, North Queens­land and New SouthWales.

Jac­inta’s per­for­mance at the na­tional event caught the eye of the in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tion panel.

Since the 2012 Na­tional Fut­sal Cham­pi­onships, Jac­inta has been se­lected for the 15/16 Year Girls Aus­tralian Fut­sal Team which will tour Brazil in 2013.

Jac­inta said she could not wait to head to the fut­sal hub of the world in Au­gust next year.

“Not only will I re­ceive train­ing from the high­est qual­ity fut­sal coaches but I will also have my first trip over­seas,” she said. “I can’t wait.” Mum Michelle said she was im­pressed with her daugh­ter’s achieve­ments in the sport af­ter only 12 months of play­ing.

“I’m just very happy and proud of her,” Mrs Grif­fin said.

“We didn’t ex­pect her to get this far be­cause she hasn’t done it for that long.

“She has played soc­cer for prob­a­bly five years and tried fut­sal through school and re­ally like it.

“That’s where it all started re­ally.”

FUT­SAL STAR: Jac­inta Grif­fin and Queens­land coach Dar­ryl Hei­dke.

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