Nielsen fine-tunes for UK tour
SKILFUL futsal player Brooke Nielsen is unsure what to expect on her first overseas tour with an Australian side.
However, she knows 19 days representing her country is the chance of a lifetime.
Brooke, 15, is the QT City of Ipswich junior sportstar for February in the Ipswich City Council backed awards.
The defender was selected in the Australian Vikings 15/16 years team and named an All-Star player after her impressive performances representing the Queensland 15 and 16 years sides at the national tournament.
"It was tiring," the Chuwar-based player said after helping Queensland win the 15 years series and take second in 16s.
However, the reward was a trip to the UK in October.
She had competed at a number of state and national competitions since discovering futsal in 2009.
She's also in the Queensland school team preparing for the national championships in Townsville in September.
Having started playing football with Colleges United in year one, she's progressed in futsal through St Peter Claver's futsal program.
In a well-supported College environment where many students are excelling, Brooke was last year named St Peter Sportswoman of the Year.
On school holidays, she continues to train while preparing to represent Met West at the state carnival in Cairns next month. She likes to train four days with football and once a week for futsal. While still enjoying playing outdoors with The Gap in the Rebel League, futsal continues to excite her.
"I love how it can be so creative," said Brooke, who lists art and biology as her favourite subjects. "Like in scoring goals and the speed."
The Year 11 student is considering architecture after college, hopefully as she kicks on with more futsal success.