Teen selected for futsal comp
FROM the little town of Wheatvale to the other side of the world, 14-year-old Shandell Doro has been selected to represent Australia in the UK at an International Futsal competition.
Though she has played soccer since the tender age of seven, the Warwick State High School pupil only started competing in futsal last year.
But the fast pace and good fun of it had her immediately hooked, and with this selection, there’s no doubt she has natural talent.
Next April, along with another 20 girls from all across Australia, Shandell will play on the Australian Viking 15 Girls Team at the International High School Futsal Cup in North Wales.
The competition will run for four days in conjunction with Rhyl Football Club, which is one of the most prominent clubs in North Wales.
The base for Everton FC Foundation Academy, the players will be coached by both Everton and Manchester City staff and have games with local clubs.
Shandell said it took a bit of convincing before her mum believed it was all real but that she couldn’t wait to go on the trip.
“It’s so exciting. I really can’t believe I was chosen,” she said.
“I’m not really looking forward to the long flight, but my parents are going to come with me, so it should be good.”
A midfielder for Warwick ladies, Shandell also enjoys athletics and netball.
The sporting all-rounder isn’t sure whether or not she’ll pursue a career in soccer, but she’s certainly excited about this little taste of victory.
Local boys Mark Ferdinand and Mark Carey have also been selected to represent Australia in China.