Two Macedon youngsters are set for a trip of a lifetime to represent Australia in a junior futsal tournament in Hawaii in November.
Tarkyn and Edward, both 10, have been chosen for Australia’s Under-11 team for a tournament of matches against other countries.
Futsal is an adaptation of traditional soccer with teams of five players playing indoors on a hardcourt instead of a regular soccer pitch.
The two boys are part of a newly-developed futsal academy in the Macedon Ranges which has attracted about 100 players in two terms.
Tarkyn’s father Simon Bishop said futsal was growing at a faster pace than traditional soccer in Australia and was popular with younger players.
Mr Bishop said both boys were excited to represent their country at a young age.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in, they’re very respectful of the opportunity,” he said.
Edward’s father Craig Ferguson said his son was looking forward to not just representing Australia “but playing with one of his good mates like Tarkyn.”
“The thing I’ve taken away from it is he really wants to play with his friends, and friendship is a big element as well as the high level of competition,” Mr Ferguson said.
“These two things make it really special for him.”
Another Macedon futsal player, Tajh O’Brien, is also representing Australia in an under-13’s tournament in Spain later this year.
LEADER LOCAL SPORTS STARS
Tarkyn and Edward are eligible to be nominated in the junior category as Local Sports Stars.
Leader Local Sports Stars medallists will be named in seven categories including juniors, teams, individuals, and encouragement.
The program is now a national celebration and junior category winners will be judged for national awards.
Cash prizes as well as vouchers from our sponsor Sportsmart are up for grabs.
CLICK HERE to nominate someone for the awards.
By Kiel Egging