Tara has four on the floor for na­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

WHEN­EVER Tara Meyer men­tions she plays floor­ball, nine times out of 10 the re­sponse is: ‘Wait a minute, what’s floor­ball?’

The Clare­mont res­i­dent will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia for the fifth time when she trav­els to Fin­land for the 2015 Women’s World Floor­ball Cham­pi­onships in De­cem­ber.

“I usu­ally tell peo­ple floor­ball is like a cross be­tween in­door and ice hockey; you have the rink, goals and a dou­blesided stick like ice hockey, but you’re run­ning with shoes on a court,” she said.

Meyer said it was dif­fi­cult to play such a rel­a­tively un­known sport in Aus­tralia.

“On one hand, we have lots of new play­ers com­ing through and it’s re­ally great to help them,” the John XXIII Col­lege grad­u­ate said.

“But in an­other sense it can be pretty bad, be­cause we have ab­so­lutely no financial sup­port from the gov­ern­ment.

“We are com­pletely self-funded. I have been sell­ing choco­lates since the be­gin­ning of last year, and that does not cover even a quar­ter of what I have to pay. Get­ting to a cham­pi­onship costs about $5000 to $6000 for each player, and I have been to four al­ready. When I think about how much money I have spent on this sport, I could have half paid off a house by now.”

How­ever, Meyer said there was light at the end of the tun­nel.

“We only re­cently got recog­ni­tion from Aus­tralian Sport­ing Com­mis­sion, so now we’re on the list for ju­nior fund­ing,” she said.

“Slowly we are get­ting more spon­sors, and more and more peo­ple are in­ter­ested in floor­ball.

“But it’s not go­ing to hap­pen overnight. I will prob­a­bly be re­tired by the time we get full spon­sor­ship.”

The fast-paced game, fundrais­ing and up­com­ing train­ing camp are not the only things that have Meyer ex­hausted.

“I do not rec­om­mend get­ting mar­ried just a few months be­fore go­ing to world cham­pi­onships,” she said.

“Not only have I had no time off, my bank ac­count def­i­nitely does not like it.”

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