Bryce kick­ing goals be­fore Tai­wan trip

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FUT­SAL

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.

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