Tim Cahill fan Desiree “Dez” Keating can only dream of being as successful as her international football idol.
And being a futsal goalkeeper – when Cahill is a dangerous football striker – makes it difficult for Keating to emulate the Socceroos great.
However, what they might share one day is both playing at a world cup.
Woodend-based Keating will take another major step towards that aim when she represents an Australian development team in Brazil later this year.
Keating, 16, was chosen by the Vikings Futsal Association to join the national youth team (16 years and over) for the tour in November and December.
The Centre of Excellence tour is designed to give boys and girls exposure to training from some of the best futsal player and coaches in the home of the sport – Brazil.
Other regional players like Zayne Freiberg and Scott Fenn have made similar trips in the past and progressed into elite competitions after returning.
While Keating is unsure what to expect, she is excited about the trip after representing Queensland at the national championships in Sydney in January.
The Queensland City 15 girls, where Keating plays goalkeeper, won their age group national title.
With no major tournaments in coming months, Keating’s major goal is keeping fit.
“I haven’t got futsal much except for at school at the moment, so I do my own fitness stuff at home,” the Year 11 Ipswich State High School student said.
“I get on the exercise machine and do jogging for about half an hour. Then I sometimes do laps around the yard.
“I love it (futsal). The game itself is fun to play.”
Keating represented Australia at a tournament in New Zealand in 2007 and has contested four national championships.
However, her tour to Brazil will help her continue her dream of playing one day in a futsal world cup.
“I want to learn their skills and it will be an adventure too,” she said.