All-Star team driving force

VALUABLE LESSONS: Queensland Christian Soccer Association player Joshua Dieckmann is hoping to return to national competition next year.
VALUABLE LESSONS: Queensland Christian Soccer Association player Joshua Dieckmann is hoping to return to national competition next year. David Nielsen

OCTOBER senior sportstar Josh Dieckmann hopes to one day make an Australian All-Star team.

While that's the highest honour he can achieve in church soccer, it's a realistic goal for the Redbank Plains-based player.

He was chosen for his third Australian titles in Brisbane this year before having his campaign cut short by a hamstring injury in his second game.

"I was water boy for the rest of the comp," Dieckmann said, showing he has a sense of humour.

However, he remains positive about his football future as he recovers from the untimely injury.

"You definitely find you play a lot harder when you're in a much more competitive team," Dieckmann, 23, said. "And it challenges yourself a lot more, which is pretty good.

"I need to do a bit more strength work on my hamstrings and be a bit more sorted for next time."

Dieckmann represented Queensland at previous Christian league nationals in Melbourne and on the Sunshine Coast.

He was chosen for another national series but had to withdraw due to his teaching commitments in Chincilla.

Since joining the Christian soccer league 15 years ago, he has played for Blackstone and his current club Westminster.

The Ipswich representative regularly lines up as sweeper/central defence at club level and performs different backline roles with state teams.

Being a manual arts and industrial, technology and design teacher at Redbank Plains State High School, Dieckmann also enjoys working with young players.

Having completed his teaching degree at Griffith University, he coached some futsal teams earlier this year.

"I can mix two of my interests - sport and teaching and get along with the kids, encouraging them to do something," he said.

"It's pretty exciting seeing some of the kids get involved and taking on board some of your knowledge."

Dieckmann also appreciated the bursary he received from Ipswich City Council, being a monthly winner in the prestigious QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards.

"It is definitely a helper," he said of the financial assistance offered by council.

"You've got club fees and then you've got district and your state teams.

"It's definitely good to have a council that looks after you in that sense."

Earlier monthly winners in the 2012-13 awards backed by Ipswich City Council were triathlete Rebecca Nunn (September), touch player Melita Mackay (August) and triathlete Hannah Linde (July).

The November monthly winners will be named soon.

Nominations are open for regional seniors and juniors who achieve success during December.

Regional Stars

  • To nominate a regional achiever for a sport excellence bursary and the chance to be a monthly star, fill in a coupon that appears regularly in the QT (currently running in Saturday papers).
  • Application forms are also available at all council offices and council's customer service centre in the mall.
  • Forms can be downloaded from council's website, or can be posted to residents on request.

Topics:  australian all-star team, josh dieckmann, queensland times-city of ipswich sports awards



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