Representing Australia in sport is a big deal for anyone and, for Katlin Mascadri, doing just that is a dream come true.
The 16-year-old St Joseph’s School Year 11 student was recently selected in the Australian Youth Women’s Futsal Team that will tour the United States of America in July 2014.
The letter Katlin received said: “Congratulations on your performance at the 2013 National School Futsal Championships. A selector noticed your high standards of play and as a result you have been selected to be part of the Australian Futsal team…”
Katlin said when she received the good news, she was in shock.
“I was so excited,” she said.
“I never would have dreamed I would make the team.”
The goalkeeper said she was looking forward to every aspect of the trip.
“I’m excited to play futsal over there and to see some of America as I have never been before,” she said.
Katlin said she was able to make it this far in futsal because she was originally given the opportunity to play the sport at school.
Katlin, who also plays football for Carlton, described the difference between futsal and football.
“Futsal is faster-paced and I really enjoy that,” the sports achiever said.
“We play in a smaller area with a smaller team of four players and a goalkeeper.”
The enthusiastic player is also part of the 2014 Western Queensland Representative Team and will compete at the National Futsal Championships in Sydney in January.
Keep your eyes and ears out as Katlin and her family will soon be fundraising so the talented futsal player can live out her dream.
Futsal is one of the fastest-growing indoor sports today and is the only officially approved form of indoor football by FIFA (the worldwide governing body of football).