Fracture can’t stop futsal player (QLD)

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Fraser Coast Chronicle

Kymberley Steyger scored plenty of goals on a tour of England despite playing with a broken wrist. Picture Nat Bromhead

A fractured wrist would prevent most people from playing sport.

Well, that wasn’t the case for Hervey Bay’s Kymberley Steyger.

The 14-year-old rising young soccer star wasn’t about to let her injured wrist prevent her from going on her first overseas tour.

Steyger broke her wrist playing club soccer a week before heading to England to represent the Australian Vikings Futsal team but she was determined to still go, and she did.

The Urangan State High School student hid her injury from tour officials in case they wouldn’t let her play.

She played through the pain barrier on the tour which also included a couple of soccer games – it didn’t seem to prevent her from showcasing her talent.

Steyger, who has played her club soccer for Kawungan since she was five, proved to be a real hot-shot.

Of the 25 goals the young Aussies scored in their futsal games, Steyger scored 15 of them – she also scored the only goal the Aussies scored in their two soccer games.

And what a goal it was – a 30-yard screamer direct from a free-kick, the Wide Bay soccer representative said proudly.

According to the Australian Vikings coach, Steyger was the player of the tour – not a bad effort when you consider she was playing with a broken wrist.

You won’t hear Steyger bragging about her ability though – far from it.

She’s happy to let her talented feet continue to do the talking.

“I had a fantastic time once I got over my nerves for having my first flight,” she laughed.

“The chance to play over there and train at the academies of English Premier League teams Everton and Bolton was out of this world.

“I had a ball and it’s something that will stay with me forever.”

Now she has had a taste of playing in England, Steyger is hungry for more.

“Hopefully I can go back to England when I finish school and play there,” Steyger, a huge fan of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, said.

“The Manchester United women’s team would be perfect.”

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