GET­TING TO KNOW

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Rio-bound soc­cer player El­lie Car­pen­ter.

YOU’RE ONE OF THE YOUNGEST PEO­PLE EVER TO PLAY SE­NIOR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL FOOT­BALL FOR AUS­TRALIA – HOW DOES THAT FEEL?

It’s pretty cool to be the first mil­len­nial to play for the in­ter­na­tional team. It’s an amaz­ing achieve­ment for me.

YOU’RE OFF TO RIO. WHAT ARE YOU LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO MOST?

It’s al­ways been a dream to go to an Olympic Games, and be in the ath­letes’ vil­lage with the likes of Usain Bolt and Ney­mar [da Silva San­tos Júnior]… it will be amaz­ing to share the same at­mos­phere as them.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SOC­CER CA­REER SO FAR...

When I was 14 I got a call up to the West­ern Sydney Wan­der­ers in the W-league. I played ev­ery minute of ev­ery game in my de­but sea­son, so that was pretty cool. I made my de­but for Aus­tralia at 15.

HOW DO YOU PRE­PARE FOR GAMES?

The morn­ing of game day I have av­o­cado and poached eggs, a rest, then a cof­fee. On the way to the game I have three playlists that I al­ways lis­ten to. I con­tinue lis­ten­ing to them in the change rooms to keep my­self fo­cused.

WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE SONGS ON YOUR WORK­OUT PLAYLIST?

Bey­oncé’s ‘Par­ti­tion’, Timmy Trumpet and Sav­age’s ‘Freaks’ and Flume’s al­bum Skin.

HOW DO YOU FIT IN SCHOOL WORK?

It’s hard, I’ve only been to school about five days this year. My school is pretty le­nient be­cause it’s a sports school – they give me work for while I’m away.

THE BEST THING ABOUT BE­ING A SOC­CER PLAYER IS...

Trav­el­ling the world with your best friends and play­ing the sport you love.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUNG GIRLS AIM­ING TO BE PRO ATH­LETES?

You have to sac­ri­fice a lot but if you do, and work hard, you’ll even­tu­ally reach your goal.

FOL­LOW ME! @el­liecar­pen­terr

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