State stars share limelight
OCTOBER sport stars Paris Shuttlewood and Cameron Kleinhans shared in Queensland’s impressive church soccer successes at the national titles this year.
Senior monthly winner Paris was co-captain of the unbeaten state women’s team which held all opponents scoreless on their way to victory.
At the same venue in Newcastle, Cameron played a key role for the Queensland under-14 team which also won the Australian championships.
Paris and Cameron are the latest winners in the 2010/2011 Queensland Times City of Ipswich Sports Awards, backed by the Ipswich City Council.
For Springfield Lakes-based Paris, this year’s national campaign was her sixth for Queensland. She has shared in her state’s five national title triumphs.
However, her latest trip was extra special because she co-captained the Queensland team for the first time, along with another Ipswich achiever, September winner Jodie Phillips.
Paris plays for Westminster at Redbank Plains, with Jodie lining up in club church football with Raceview.
“The best part for me is actually having all different people in the Queensland team from all different clubs . . . how quickly they gel together,” Paris said.
“That is probably the highlight.
“It’s been good because this year I’m stepping into more leadership stuff in the team as a senior player.
“I enjoy that side of it.”
Paris, 20, has been playing soccer for 13 years. She has also represented Australia in futsal.
But the midfielder/utility player is enjoying her current run of success in between studying at Bible College and job hunting.
Being at her sixth national titles was pleasing with Queensland beating Victoria 3-0 in the final.
Paris is also keen to continue her coaching career, having worked with the Westminster under-7 mixed team this year.
Having completed her youth licence, she wants to coach the Ipswich under-16 girls team at the state titles next year.
Meanwhile, Cameron also continues to build his church soccer career.
While Cameron loves all sport, it’s in soccer where the Raceview-based 14-year-old has excelled.
With the Raceview Congregational Club, Cameron made the honorary national Allstars team after helping Queensland win the national under-14 titles during October.
Queensland beat Victoria 2-1 in the final.
The Westside Christian College student has been playing football since he was five. Apart from Queensland honours, he regularly represents Ipswich at state titles in church soccer.
He also started refereeing this year.