Young futsal star shines as Aussie goalkeeper
IN THE growing sport of futsal, the goalkeeper doesn't just sit around and wait for the ball to come to them.
In fact they have one of the team's most important positions.
Young goalie Kaine Carter, who has just returned from Greece where he played for the Australian Futsal Team, said with full view of the field, the goalie coordinates players and dictates the game.
The Bundamba State Secondary College Year 10 student only started playing futsal in May this year and quickly discovered he had a natural talent for the sport.
"When I heard I was chosen for the Australian team I felt really proud of myself, nervous and excited," he said.
"I played goalkeeper in Greece. As keeper you have to stop goals but also make them. You've got to move everyone around.
"It was my first trip overseas and I loved seeing all the ancient ruins, the museums and meeting amazing people."
Kaine said the Australian under 15s players did well against the older competition.
"We did really well and won most of our games," he said.
Bundamba State Secondary College principal Kathy Morrison said it was incredible having one of their students represent Australia.
"The feedback we've received is that Kaine isn't only a team player but shows a lot of sportsmanship as well," she said.
"He's a role model to other students and has donated his Australian jersey to the school, which is really special."
Kaine said he'd like to pursue a career in soccer or futsal.
With all that he has achieved in such a short time, that dream doesn't seem too far away.