Ferdinand in All Stars futsal team (QLD)

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Warwick Daily News

Australian All Stars futsal representative Mark Ferdinand displays his spoils.

Warwick State High School student Mark Ferdinand has earned a place in an Australian All Stars futsal team for the second time in five months.

The 16-year-old has returned from the Vikings National Futsal Championships in Sydney where he was named in the 16-years Australian All Stars team, the highest honour in the sport.

The honour comes after Ferdinand competed in the National Schools Championships in September when he was also selected in the Australian All Stars team.

He is the only player in his age group in the past year to achieve Australian selection at both club and school level, making him one of the premier players in the nation.

“I don’t enjoy the travel but need to go to championships to play at a higher standard,” he said.

“This year, I want to play state under-19 school futsal but due to year 12 won’t go for the club team.”

Ferdinand started played futsal (indoor soccer) at age 10 when the sport was offered at WIRAC.

Since then he has starred in five championship-winning teams.

Two championship victories were with Warwick High teams at state and national level, two with Queensland school teams at national level and one with the Queensland Vikings (club) team in the 16-years National Schools Championships.

Primarily a defender, Ferdinand is usually his team’s penalty shooter and also scores some goals in general play.

Ferdinand is also an accomplished football (soccer) player who part of the South West Queensland team to play in the under-19 youth league this year.

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