Colour­ful Swim Thru start

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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