Colourful Swim Thru start
A YOUNG Atwell soccer player will be a trailblazer for Australia at the inaugural FC Barcelona Academy Asia Pacific Cup in January.
Twelve-year-old Kayla O’Connor impressed selectors at the recent Brisbane FCBEscola Academy.
She was the only female chosen for the U13 squad to participate at the international competition, which will be held in India.
The All Saints College student said she was excited to have the opportunity to represent Australia so young and dreams to one day play for the Matildas and the FC Barcelona’s women’s team.
“Playing against other Barça Academies from all over the world is a huge honour,” she said.
“I love that at the Barça Academy it doesn’t matter whether you’re a boy or a girl, everyone is just a player and gets to develop equally.”
Kayla travels to Brisbane once a month for a week of training with the FCBEscola U13s after she was given a scholarship to the academy in February. REGISTRATIONS for the 100th Swim Thru Perth that will take place on January 20 are open.
Run by the Claremont Masters Swimming Club, the centenary event is open to families of all ages, with the introduction of the 250m ‘Try It’ swim for children from age eight.
Money raised from this year’s event will go to Telethon Speech and Hearing, which has partnered with Swim Thru Perth to launch a colouring-in competition where children can win prizes from Claremont Quarter.
Swim Thru Perth started in 1912 and has been swum and won by event patron Shelley Taylor-Smith, who first swum at age 12, and property developer Nigel Satterley, who now sponsors the event.
The 2019 swim starts west of Elizabeth Quay and finishes at Matilda Bay.
Swimmers will be transferred by bus from Matilda Bay to the starting point.
Register for the swim and enter the competition at www. swimthruperth.org.