Teen to make her mark at elite school

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

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