Tilligerry teen to represent Australia in Futsal trip to Italy

Hunter River High School student: Kaitlyn Eastley, Year 8
Hunter River High School student: Kaitlyn Eastley, Year 8

 

FOR Raymond Terrace student and Tilligerry resident Kaitlyn Eastley (14), aspirations of representing her country in a sport she loves is a dream come true.

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The Hunter River High School, Year 8 student was duly recognised by the Australian Futsal Association for her outstanding performance at the 2017 National Club Futsal Championships held in Sydney and was selected to join the
Australian Futsal U/15 Girls team to tour Brazil in August 2018.

Kaitlyn has been playing football (soccer) for five years for the Tilligerry Football Club, as a central defender.

A friend from school convinced her to try out for the school Futsal team.

“I wasn’t keen. She had to force me to join,” said Kaitlyn.

It was whilst representing Raymond Terrace Hunter River High School, that Kaitlyn was recognised by a representative scout and invited to attend the National Futsal Titles, being held in Sydney during the first week of the September/October school holidays.

Placed in one of three under 15 age teams, Kaitlyn offered to replace a teammate that had been selected to go up an age group and now found herself in the position of goalie.

Stepping into fill this position was something the International selection panel recognised immediately, as
she was chosen to join the national team for her outstanding performance as goalie.

The 2018 Brazilian tour will mainly be in Brazil’s eastern city of Belo Horizonte, where Kaitlyn will receive the
highest quality Futsal coaching available in Brazil with various sessions at the Recreativo-Makenzie Futsal
Training Centre.

She will also have the chance to watch a professional game and feel the atmosphere of the traditional Brazilian soccer games.

Kaitlyn is excited by the thought of travelling overseas. “I have travelled to Fiji before, but never on such a
big trip like this.”

“It will be my first time flying a long distance without my family,” said Kaitlyn.

To cap off this great Brazilian experience, Kaitlyn’s team will end their tour with two nights in Rio De Janeiro.

The team will rest up and recuperate by playing tourist, which will include a visit to the one of the biggest
stadiums in Brazil, that was built for the 1950 World Cup.

They will also visit Christ on the Hill, Sugarloaf Mountain and of course Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

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