The sun-soaked beaches of Brazil are a step closer for a Bremer State High School futsal prodigy.
The past month has been pretty good for Year 12 student Ashleigh Knight.
She won the Ipswich City Council’s (ICC) Junior December Sports Award and a youth scholarship from the Queensland RSL.
The two awards both come with monetary prizes, which will go towards funding Knight’s $7000 trip to Brazil for the under-16 Futsal World Cup.
“It means a lot to me this award from the Ipswich City Council because it will make it so much easier for me to get to Brazil,” Knight said.
“$7000 is a lot of money.
“We will still need to do a lot of fundraising to get to Brazil, but this bursary will help me and my family a lot.”
The ICC established the awards to help young athletes achieve their dreams by providing financial support.
Knight will be joined on her trip to Brazil by her best friend and fellow ICC Junior December Sports Award finalist Katelyn Muckert.
The pair will travel to Brazil next year to play for Australia in the Futsal Women’s Junior World Championships.
The two teenagers, both of whom are strikers, started playing futsal at the same time and will undoubtedly room together on the trip, which starts in August.
“When I found out that I was in the team, I was excited, but then I realised Katelyn was too, and we both just went a little crazy,” Knight said. “We’re best friends so it makes the trip heaps better to do it together.”
Knight and Muckert have both played futsal for four years and have become regular members of the Queensland women’s team.
The pair will play matches against rival nations, primarily in Rio Di Janeiro, and will be coached by the best Australia has to offer.
Knight’s award also recognised her excellent achievements in athletics, where she has consistently made representative teams for sprinting events.
Other winners from last month’s awards included two karate champions, an athletics star, hockey young gun and a basketball player.