WORLD AT HER FEET

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

MEET the 10-year-old foot­ball star kick­ing the com­pe­ti­tion out of the park. Tak­ing on boys and girls two years her se­nior, St Clair’s Ella Ab­dul Mas­sih has gone from strength to strength since she be­gan playing.

Ella started playing foot­ball only four years ago.

Last year, the young­ster rep­re­sented the state in the Fut­sal National Club Cham­pi­onship and was named NSW’s most valu­able player in the grand fi­nal.

This year has been even big­ger for Ella.

She is over the moon to be se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia with the Aus­tralian Fut­sal In­sti­tute in Spain early next year.

Ella was nom­i­nated as this week’s Ju­nior Sports Star by her mother, Skye Ab­dul Mas­sih.

Mrs Ab­dul Mas­sih said her daugh­ter’s ded­i­ca­tion to sport was “in­cred­i­ble”.

“Ella trains a min­i­mum of four nights a week and as much as six nights at times – on top of playing two games on the week­end,” Mrs Ab­dul Mas­sih said.

Ella told The Stan­dard her dream was to be­come the youngest player to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia with the Matil­das open women’s team.

“Ella is very pas­sion­ate about soc­cer and fut­sal,” Mrs Ab­dul Mas­sih said.

“She puts a lot of time and ded­i­ca­tion into achiev­ing her goal.”

News Local’s Ju­nior Sports Star awards are spon­sored by Rebel. Fox Sports Pulse is the team spirit spon­sor and Si­monds Homes is the young sport­ing spirit spon­sor. To nom­i­nate a young ath­lete, visit ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au.

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Ella Ab­dul Mas­sih, 10, is an as­pir­ing foot­ball player.

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