Multi-talented Ipswich sports- woman Annie Leyland is representing Australia in futsal.
Multi-talented Ipswich sports- woman Annie Leyland is representing Australia in futsal. Inga Williams

Dedicated Annie kicking on

ANNIE Leyland's dedication to improving her skills and helping others is highlighted in her weekly commitments.

Apart from training and playing with Western Pride and her futsal teams, she devotes a lot of spare time to junior and senior teams.

She coaches at Silkstone State School, manages a Queensland Church Soccer Association men's side and manages the Queensland under-13 girls schools state futsal team. That side is preparing for the national titles later this year.

"All the little children at Silkstone definitely look up to me,'' she said.

"This year, I'm coach of the junior and senior boys soccer teams.

"I train those students there and I've also taken on a coaching role at futsal (the under-13 side). They are young girls coming through futsal.''

Somewhere in her busy schedule she manages a Whitehill church soccer team.

Leyland also performs volunteer roles at the Ipswich PCYC, where she works part-time to keep her sporting dreams alive.

"I'm burning the candle at both ends,'' she said, keeping a positive approach.

While asking for some assistance, the teacher has a broader mission in representing her country.

"I am looking forward to this unique opportunity to raise awareness of women in sport, locally nationally and internationally,'' she said.

"As a teacher and soccer coach, I believe it is not just a personal achievement to play for my state and country. It is an example for my students, youth and community to see that by striving to achieve a goal, giving more of yourself each day and believing you can succeed, anything is possible.''

Anyone able to sponsor or help Leyland can contact her at aleyl2@eq.edu.au

Leyland thanked the Swifts Sports Club for allowing her to use their courts while she trained for the national titles.

 



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