State glory beck­ons young college stars

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT - Leah Roberts

SOC­CER stars rep­re­sent­ing WA are getting their start at John Curtin College of the Arts.

In the spe­cial­ist soc­cer pro­gram which has 150 students, 25 of them have rep­re­sented WA this year.

They have par­tic­i­pated in na­tional cham­pi­onships at Coffs Har­bour and a train­ing cen­tre in Can­berra.

State player Hamish Van Dieken said the pro­gram at the school helped con­sol­i­date his skills.

“I was re­ally ex­cited when I was se­lected, but ner­vous,” he said.

“You want to do well.”

Leti­cia Mckenna and Hana Lowry said they were ex­cited to be se­lected for the state team.

The girls both hope to play for the Matil­das SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS one day like their idols Sam Kerr and Lisa De Vanna.

Year 9 player Fraser Dun­lop, like many at the school, has been se­lected for the state team more than once.

“One day I would like

GOLF to play for Chelsea,” he said.

Coach Peter Rick­ers said the re­sult was a val­i­da­tion of what they did at the school, day to day.

“It’s a re­ward for the students who work hard, a re­ward for the school that sup­ported them,” he said.

“It re­flects what we do ev­ery day.”

The un­der 16s John Curtin team will fly to Ade­laide to play in the Pub­lic School Games in De­cem­ber.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d476559

Ris­ing soc­cer stars James Nixon, Leti­cia McKenna, Fraser Dun­lop, Hana Lowry and Hamish Van Dieken.

Man­durah ju­nior golfer Kathryn Nor­ris (16) and Josh Greer.

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