Third time’s a charm for talented teen

St Stephen’s School Year 9 student Louise Gishubl has been selected to represent Western Australia in the 2018 Australian Futsal Association National Championships.

Louise’s fancy footwork has earned her a spot in the West Coast Futsal Under 13s State Team who will jet off to Sydney for the tournament in early January.

However, next year’s Championships won’t be the first for the Futsal veteran – Louise has previously travelled to Sydney and Brisbane to represent WA in the unique sport.

“Because I was the youngest in my team a couple of years ago, I learned a lot from watching them play,” she said. 

Playing in previous National Championships has helped Louise develop her skills and refine her Futsal technique.

“When I got on [court], I would use what I’d seen in my game and that helped me improve,” she explained. 

Futsal is an adaptation of soccer, played on a hard court with five players on each team. Played indoors on courts slightly smaller than a soccer field, Futsal enables players to refine their skills and be a little more creative in their gameplay.

“Because the ball moves so fast, you can learn to control your skills,” Louise said.

St Stephen’s School Principal Mrs Donella Beare is proud to see St Stephen’s School students like Louise take part in unique extra-curricular activities.

“Reaching the National Championship is an outstanding achievement for Louise. We are thrilled to see her not only represent Western Australia in Futsal, but represent St Stephen’s School in the wider community,” she said.

The Australian Futsal Association National Championships will run in Sydney from 5 - 10 January, 2018.

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