Young whiz set to take on Amer­ica

NATASHA GIVEN SCHOL­AR­SHIP

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

WHEN Ju­nior Sports Star nom­i­nee Natasha Whit­ting signed up to play for Pen­rith Foot­ball Club two years ago, never in her wildest dreams did she ex­pect to be scouted for an Amer­i­can schol­ar­ship.

But the 15-year-old Tregear res­i­dent is now pre­par­ing to move to the US when she fin­ishes school next year.

“I’m ex­cited be­cause I have wanted to go to Amer­ica since I was re­ally young,” Natasha said.

Scouted and in­vited to trial for Na­tional Scout­ing Re­port Australia ear­lier this year, Natasha said the se­lec­tors were im­pressed with her skills and at­ti­tude.

Natasha’s mum was also sur­prised by her daugh­ter’s affin­ity for the sport.

“She’s do­ing re­ally great,” Mrs Whit­ting said. “We didn’t ex­pect her to be this good in such a short time.”

Natasha, who plays for the Pen­rith FC un­der-17 side, has also been asked to play for Emu Plains and Jamison­town.

For now, Natasha will con­tinue to play lo­cally and main­tain the grades she needs for her schol­ar­ship.

Nom­i­na­tions for the Rebel-spon­sored 2015 Ju­nior Sports Star awards are open un­til Oc­to­ber 23. To nom­i­nate some­one visit ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au or jss@newslo­cal.com.au.

Pic­ture: JEREMY PIPER

Natasha Whit­ting has been scouted for a US foot­ball schol­ar­ship when she fin­ishes school.

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