Bryce kicking goals before Taiwan trip
A WHITSUNDAY futsal player’s dream to play for his country has been given a kick in the right direction.
Bryce Selman, who will represent the Australian Youth Men’s Futsal Team in Taipei, has received $1000 from the Whitsunday Regional Council as part of the Elite Performance Grant, which will help pay his travel costs.
A student from Proserpine State High School, Bryce starred at the National Schools Futsal Titles late last year in Brisbane, and was ultimately rewarded with Australian selection.
“I was really amazed I was picked. I had good moments but I thought I played badly,” he said.
“I wasn’t expecting it considering where I’m from, it’s not very common.”
Although he has played soccer since under-7s, Bryce only took up the indoor equivalent last year.
His rise up the ranks has certainly been swift and he’s eager to learn along the way.
“I just really want to play well, don’t muck up and pay attention so I can set a good example for Proserpine,” he said.
Whitsunday Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council was happy to assist Bryce ahead of his trip to Taiwan.
“Council was pleased to be able to provide this funding through the Community Assistance Grant – Support for Elite Performance Policy to help a local high school student attend an elite international event and achieve excellence in his field,” she said.
“Good luck to Bryce in the upcoming competition.”
Bryce and the Australian Youth Men’s Futsal Team will begin their campaign in Taipei on May 7.
NO GOAL: Bryce Selman practices his goal keeping skills ahead of his trip to Taipei this year to represent Australia.