Sporting talent thrives
Passion for sports and fitness runs through family
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
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.