Sport­ing tal­ent thrives

Pas­sion for sports and fit­ness runs through fam­ily

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

MUNDUBBERA stu­dent So­phie Zipf has been pas­sion­ate about sports and fit­ness for as long as she can re­mem­ber.

Born to par­ents David (Jock) and Nancy, sport runs through the fam­ily. Be­ing ac­tive and play­ing sports most days is a thing that runs through the Zipf house­hold.

“I’ve beaten my fa­ther a cou­ple of times in golf, we’re all very com­pet­i­tive,” So­phie said with a laugh.

“I do a lot of wa­ter ski­ing sports and would say my three favourite sports are vol­ley­ball, cricket and soc­cer.

“I’m help­ing out with the taek­wondo and have been do­ing it for sev­eral years.

“I’ve had black belt for the past four years.”

She keeps her­self busy with a range of sports in­clud­ing swim­ming, soc­cer, cricket, vol­ley­ball, taek­wondo and oc­ca­sion­ally golf and she is suc­ceed­ing at all of them.

“I love be­ing in a team. I just love play­ing in a team be­cause de­spite hav­ing our ups and downs, it brings each of us to­gether,” So­phie said.

So­phie’s love of cricket be­gan early on when she would watch her older brother, Matthew, play the game.

“Watch­ing my brother play cricket in­spired me to take it up and to give it a go,” she said. “I have been play­ing for a cou­ple of years now and for the past three years have been wicket keeper for my club.”

So­phie has again been se­lected for the Wide Bay cricket team, some­thing she has ac­com­plished nu­mer­ous times.

She said se­lec­tion pre­sented some chal­lenges at first.

“For the un­der-12s it was hard be­cause North Bur­nett didn’t have the best kind of teams as there wasn’t enough peo­ple who did it so we had to mix with other peo­ple,” she said.

“The un­der-15s is a bit eas­ier as not as many peo­ple from other places come in.”

So­phie has a very close re­la­tion­ship with her whole fam­ily, as well as fam­ily friend and golfer Ian Wil­liams.

She hopes to study sports phys­io­ther­apy af­ter com­plet­ing school in a cou­ple of years.

“I don’t think I’ll ever stop play­ing sports but if I do I would like to be a sports phys­io­ther­a­pist as you can still be with the team and be part of the team,” So­phie said.

The crick­et­ing sea­son has just fin­ished and will re­sume in Oc­to­ber.

“Our com­pe­ti­tion is the Wide Bay Queens­land teams, we play Dar­ling Downs, Capri­cor­nia, which is peo­ple se­lected from around Queens­land,” she said.

With ev­ery sport So­phie plays, she plays with good sports­man­ship, com­pet­ing to the best of her abil­ity.

“I would say I’m very com­pet­i­tive, you have to have the de­ter­mi­na­tion to get through and that’s how you get the best out of your per­for­mance,” she said.

She be­gan taek­wondo five or six years ago, she said.

“In taek­wondo, when I first started we used to have a tigers group and then the older kids’ group but I was just old enough to play in the adults’ one,” So­phie said.

“I train Mon­days and Wed­nes­days from 5–6pm and it’s a sport that any­one can do. All you have to do is show up and be will­ing to put the hard yards in.”

In a few weeks So­phie will be busy go­ing back and forth to Bund­aberg for the soc­cer sea­son.

“It’s just the Bundy com­pe­ti­tion, we were sup­posed to start last Satur­day but it was too wet as it flooded so we post­poned it,” she said.

The school hol­i­days have just be­gun and So­phie planned to start a new job at IGA and to re­lax.

“I’ll be head­ing to the beach for a few days and work­ing some hours,” So­phie said.

❝ I’ve beaten my fa­ther a cou­ple of times in golf, we’re all very com­pet­i­tive. — So­phie Zipf

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

ALL IN THE FAM­ILY: Fam­ily friend Ian Wil­liams, So­phie Zipf and So­phie’s grand­mother, Vida, all en­joy sport as a large part of their lives.

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