Teen to make her mark at elite school
A Karratha teen has been accepted into a specialist sports school in Perth to pursue her passion for playing and umpiring football.
Karratha Senior High School student Mikayla Thomas will start Year 12 with the independent and industry-based Sports Education and Development Australia college in Perth next year.
The 16-year-old was recruited through SEDA’s partnership with the Fremantle Dockers, based on her involvement in Karratha women’s football and work as a field umpire for the North Pilbara Football League.
Mikayla said getting into SEDA was “a dream come true” and studying there would open a lot of doors for her in sports science, which was her main field of interest.
“My sport ambitions are basically wanting to show everyone my talent and what I enjoy the most and I would love to encourage all females to play footy, to enjoy (it),” she said.
“It’s not only a men’s sport, it’s women’s as well.”
SEDA is set of programs that partner senior high school education with sports training education and career opportunities through partnerships with sports teams and commissions, tertiary education institutions and community groups.
Mikayla said football was a game for everyone and she would like to be part of the game’s future growth.
“(Women’s football) is actually progressing really fast,” she said.
“It’s shocking, it’s so cool to see so many women across Australia are getting involved in the game and just showing off their skills to many other girls and then encouraging them as well.”