Tears flowed when Mackay’s Jasmine Peters found out she had been selected in an Australian team for a 16-day tour of California in October and November this year.
Peters, 11, was one of four girls in the U12 Whitsunday side selected for the Australian team after they competed in the national futsal championships in Sydney.
Together with Jaida Lee, Gemma Shaw and Nikola Williams, they impressed selectors to gain selection for the trip while playing in a team which gave away age and experience to many of their opponents.
“I just started crying when I heard, I was so excited,” Peters said.
She views it as an amazing opportunity.
The Whitsunday team won their last game at the titles and came close in several others.
“It was only the teams that made the finals that really got away on us,” she said.
“I think I learned a lot from it because it was a much more competitive standard than we are used to in Mackay.”
To meet the considerable costs of the trip, the girls are planning a major planning and sponsorship drive, as they did for the Sydney titles.
“We’ll be doing things like raffles and cake sales, and we’d really love to get sponsorships,” she said.
If you can help, contact Julia Shaw on 0407?598?754.