Great Lakes College students Ashari Lawrence, 15, and Jess Henwood, 14, will travel to Brazil as part of the Australian Futsal Team in November.
Their selection was a result of their outstanding performance at the National Club Futsal Championships in Sydney.
The girls were on the same team at Nationals and said they were placed in a “really hard” pool of competitors.
“It was pretty intense in that we were down two players and playing in 45-degree heat,” Ashari said.
“We were really proud of our efforts.”
The girls grew up down the road from one another and have played numerous sports together including outdoor soccer and rugby.
“It’s a dream we’ve had together – to represent Australia”
“It’s a dream we’ve had together – to represent Australia,” Ashari said.
Jess has never been overseas before and said she was excited to play for Australia.
“It means a lot,” she said. Ashari and Jess travel to Taree to train for futsal at Saxby’s Stadium each week.
At some points in the year, Ashari and Jess will train and play up to six nights a week across their various sports.
“It’s our passion,” Jess said.
Both said without the help of their parents driving them around and purchasing equipment – their sporting achievements wouldn’t be possible. Ashari said, “Football Mid North Coast also do an amazing job”.
The cost for the trip is around $8000.
Jess has a GoFund Me page set up to raise funds.
They each hope to hold other fundraisers and seek support from businesses.
By Laura Polson