Passion burns in internationals
ACACIA Redman’s lightning-quick feet are taking her places.
The 10-year-old Atwell Primary School student and Jandakot Flyers Little Athletics Club member has loved running for as long as she can remember, transforming that passion into true skill at long-distance and crosscountry running.
This August, Acacia’s feet will take her across Australia to Wollongong after she was one of the youngest chosen to represent WA in a national cross-country competition.
Acacia said she was looking forward to the competition.
“I was really happy and excited and very nervous that I got into the team,” she said.
Acacia said she wanted to continue her running into the future, with dreams of competing in international competitions when she is older.
CBC Fremantle’s Ky Hehir also made the team.
The championships run from August 23 to 26. KENDRA Fell and Vesinia Schaaf-Taufa want young girls to take up rugby.
The Palmyra Phoenix Rugby Union Club inaugural players in 2015 have worked their way through the system to both represent Australia with the Wallaroos at different times.
Fell, from Piara Waters, was in the Wallaroos squad in 2018, while Schaaf-Taufa represented her adopted country in 2016 and 2017 after moving from New Zealand in 2009.
The Phoenix have been unable to field a side in 2019 due to a lack of numbers, although the duo would not have played, with Schaaf-Taufa suffering an achilles injury in November and Fell taking the year off for family reasons.
Fell said although many people thought rugby was a man’s game, many females also played.
“It’s such a physical game but it’s so fun to be a part of; you have to be into physicality but when I’m out there I don’t even notice it’s a physical game because there are so many skills to it,” she said. “You can’t just play rugby if you love contact, you need to be a skilful person and have a good mindset.
“I love having the young girls in our team because they don’t realise how much talent they have.
“For us to play and be older than them, you can see what’s possible and because rugby has continued to grow, they have a lot more opportunities than we ever did.”
Schaaf-Taufa said playing for Australia was a “real big eye-opener”.
“It was an amazing experience to travel with the girls and I played my three caps against the Black Ferns,” she said.