Halla needs help to chase her soc­cer dream

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

KEW­DALE’S Halla Harding (11) has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Perth Soc­cer Club’s U12 boys team in the World Youth Cup in Swe­den this July.

She has played the world game since the age of six and mum Tr­ish Mer­son, who played soc­cer in the USA, is her coach.

Halla will be the only girl play­ing in her team and also out of the five teams from Perth Soc­cer Club go­ing to the event, and will have her mum as her room­mate. But she’s not daunted. “I am very ex­cited to have the chance to rep­re­sent my club, my state and my coun­try in Swe­den for the Gothia Cup. Soc­cer is such a great sport to play to help you get fit, make friends and be­come a leader on and off the pitch,” she said.

“I have played since I was six and hope to be bet­ter than my mom and play in the Olympics and for Michi­gan State Univer­sity in the US.”

The mo­ti­vated player is busy rais­ing funds for the $3200 trip and has al­ready re­ceived a $750 grant from the City of Bel­mont.

“As you can imag­ine, this is a once-in-a-lifetime op­por­tu­nity for me and since I am the only girl, mom has to come as well so any­thing I can fundraise will help if you can­not give money,” she said.

If you can help with a do­na­tion to get Halla to Swe­den, call Ms Mer­son on 0400 175 360.

Kew­dale soc­cer player Halla Harding is the only girl in Perth Soc­cer Club teams head­ing to Swe­den in July.

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