Londonderry’s Rachel Watters picks up the pace in futsal (NSW)

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Rachel Watters is a rising star of futsal. Picture: MELVYN KNIPE

Futsal is a great sport because it is much faster than outdoor soccer, Rachel Watters says.

Playing for the Penrith-based West City Crusaders in the NSW Futsal Super League, Rachel, 14, of Londonderry, has progressed in leaps and bounds over the past year.

The latest Penrith Press Junior Sports Star nominee had an impressive 2009-10 season.

With a keen eye for goal, Rachel was asked to represent NSW in the Vikings national youth competition.

“My coach Craig Latham at the West City Crusaders took a few girls to the Vikings tournament in January at Windsor,” she said.

“I was 13 then and it was a ladies’ youth competition and we won against Victoria which was great.”

Rachel’s impressive displays led to her being invited to represent NSW for the Vikings national women’s tournament at Carrara on the Gold Coast last month.

“It was a shock to be selected in an open women’s team,” she said.

“I was scared and nervous playing against the older girls but I did enjoy the challenge. They had a lot more experience than me, so I thought their style of play was something I wasn’t used to.

“I got to score two goals in an 11-11 draw against a team with predominantly Australian players, which I was happy with.”

Rachel is now aiming to continue her journey to the top of futsal competitions.

But the Nepean High School student is aware she must take one step at a time.

“I’m aiming to continue playing for the West City Crusaders and want to learn new things in the game,” she said.

“One of my main priorities is to get faster, with and without the ball.”

* The Junior Sports Star program’s major sponsor is Rebel Sport and the Press’s local sponsor is Monkey Mania.

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