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Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

YOUNG sport­ing hope­ful An­gel Kennedy is kicking great goals in AFL, and is set­ting her sights for a ca­reer in football.

AFL as a sport in Queens­land is gain­ing more in­ter­est as young women are tak­ing to the field with im­mense en­thu­si­asm and sup­port.

The 15-year-old is cur­rently at­tend­ing Isis Dis­trict State High School and was first in­tro­duced to the game in Grade 5 by Aus­kick Aus­tralia.

Kennedy said the ex­pe­ri­ence sparked her in­ter­est and she was hooked.

NRL is the game for many Queens­lan­ders and with State of Ori­gin in full swing, Kennedy is think­ing of AFL.

In 2013 Kennedy started high school and de­cided to join the lo­cal touch football club and it sparked a new in­ter­est and pas­sion.

In April 2015 she got word there would be Wide Bay AFL girls un­der 16s through Queens­land School Sports.

Kennedy at­tended the tri­als and was se­lected for the team, play­ing in the State cham­pi­onships in Cairns later that year.

Over the next 12 months she de­vel­oped fur­ther knowl­edge and skills of the game and pre­pared her­self men­tally and phys­i­cally for the Wide Bay 2016 tri­als.

Kennedy’s hard work, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion made her train harder and fo­cus on se­lec­tion, spend­ing all her spare time train­ing.

Her skills and train­ing made her once again suc­cess­ful in mak­ing the team and played in MacKay for the State selections.

With her nat­u­ral abil­ity in the po­si­tions of ruck, rover and back pocket she has a deep love for the sport.

Kennedy has now been chosen for the Queens­land Ma­roon team and will at­tend the Na­tion­als in Maroochydore on July 23.

“I am look­ing for­ward to Na­tion­als next month and ex­cited to be se­lected.

“I hope to some­day meet­ing my idol Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin,” Kennedy said.

The hard work­ing teenager wants to en­cour­age other young women to con­sider play­ing a game of AFL

Kennedy is very pas­sion­ate about sport and is urg­ing young women to be more ac­tive and in­volved.

With her mind fo­cused on the Na­tion­als, her train­ing is set to kick into over­drive as she pre­pares for Maroochydore.

“I would like to be a role model for younger chil­dren and to en­cour­age them to be ac­tive, healthy and have fun,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy has been able to achieve great goals in sport due to the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from her fam­ily, team mates and coach­ing staff.

An­gel Kennedy I am look­ing for­ward to Na­tion­als next month and ex­cited to be se­lected. I hope to some­day meet­ing my idol Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin.

RIS­ING STAR: An­gel Kennedy is keen to play football.

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