Western Pride nurtures girls' talent
WESTERN Pride club officials, players and parents are celebrating the selection of nine players in Met West teams competing in the School State Championships being held across the state.
Lateisha Wilkins, Dominique Spampinato, Vaikarna McLennan and Christina Amjouyi have been chosen for the under 15 girls' team competing in Cairns this week.
Next week Siaa Panapa, Khelistar Kumitau, Julianna Ganczer, Margaret Barrett and Ashleigh Maiuri will travel to the Wide Bay region to compete in for U12s.
Elli Chapple and Montanna McAvoy were selected for the Queensland U19 Schoolgirls team after previously playing alongside Jasmin Graham, Abigail Evetts, Gabi Boganek and Natasha Ridley in the State School Championships.
The call-ups continue Pride's successful season of girls' representative football.
Amjouyi received international recognition after being selected for New Zealand's U17 Girls training camp this month.
That resulted in an invitation to another camp later in the year.
Wilkins and Spampinato were selected in the Queensland under 15 squad which played at the FFA National Girls Championships in Coffs Harbour last week.
Spampinato scored five goals with Wilkins the starting goalkeeper as Queensland finished third.
Wilkins thanked her Pride coach and former Matilda goalkeeper Belinda Kitching for her recent selections.
"Belinda played at a FIFA World Cup in my position and it is amazing to be mentored by her,” Wilkins said.
"If it is not for Pride and my coaches I wouldn't achieve where I am at now with my football.”
Pride technical director Gabor Ganczer said he was proud the achievements of its young representative players and the diligent work of coaches Belinda Kitching, Bryony Duus, Kirsten Veeren, Richard Bolton and Brayden Hoffman.
"I would like to also thank our partner clubs and schools with whom we have an excellent relationship,” Ganczer said.
"Western Pride FC takes its responsibility seriously to provide the best development environment for female players in Ipswich.”