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Touch talent to represent Australia

Anna Hicks is set to represent Australia in the 20's girls touch football team.
Anna Hicks is set to represent Australia in the 20's girls touch football team. Aiden Burgess

ANNA Hicks is set to represent her country in the sport she's played for most of her life.

The former Kingaroy resident has been selected to the Australian 20s girls touch football team to tour New Zealand in February.

The 20-year-old will be part of the green and gold team to take on the Kiwis in a three-match series in Auckland.

The Brisbane-based Hicks was selected to the Australian team after excelling for Queensland in September's State of Origin touch football series against New South Wales at Port Macquarie.

Hicks first played touch football from the age of six in Kingaroy and continued to play in the town before moving to Brisbane in 2005 to attend boarding school where she has played ever since.

The touch football talent represented Wide Bay as a primary school student at St Mary's and represented Queensland for three straight years while attending Stuartholme School in Brisbane.

Hicks said it was a lifelong ambition to represent her country and felt ecstatic when first told she would be wearing the green and gold.

"It's a crazy feeling and it's exciting to know that I'm representing my country and it's a dream come true," she said.

"I'm over the moon and to finally be told I was going to be playing for my country is incredible.

"I'm just proud to be representing my country as it's something I've always wanted to do."

Hicks said a potential setback helped motivate her to make the current 20s girls' national team.

"When trialling for the under-18s in 2010 I was told I wasn't fit enough for the Australian team, which made me more determined to get it next time round," she said.

"I've worked hard for it and I think I had what the selectors thought they were looking for."

South Burnett

Topics:  australia, touch football




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