Soccer star set for island adventure
Saturday, 23rd November, 2013
By By Ethan James
The pristine beaches of Fiji are a far cry from the dry and dusty fields of Broken Hill.
But that’s exactly the destination for young soccer player Ainsley Files, who will travel to the Pacific Island as part of the South Australian Under 15 Girls State Team next month.
The Year Eight student at Willyama High School will compete in the 2013 International Fijian tournament from December 7-14.
She earned her place in the final squad following an impressive display in the State Talent Identification Championships held by Football Federation South Australia.
It will be Ainsley’s first plane trip overseas.
“I’m a bit scared about going across the ocean for the first time,” she said with a laugh.
“Hopefully we can train on the beach and I can accidentally kick the ball into the water and have to go and get it... that’ll be the best part.
“There is a lot of soccer but we get to look around a bit and explore as well.”
As is the case with many junior sportspeople, the Files family must finance the majority of the travel expenses themselves.
Ainsley, along with her mother Helen, will be holding a fund raising sausage sizzle outside ‘Top End Meats’ at 129 Argent Street from 9am this morning.
Helen says the local community has been a massive help thus far.
“We got talking to the owner here Rob and they have generously donated everything for the sausage sizzle to help raise money,” she said.
“The support from the community has been sensational.”
Helen made special mention to Big W, Woolworths, Broken Hill Credit Union and the Broken Hill Soccer Association for their assistance.
A Celtic United player, Ainsley took up soccer as an eight year old.
She recently got the opportunity to be a ball kid for a Women’s League match between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory.
“The crowd and everything was crazy, it was amazing to be out there,” she said.
Ainsley also thanked her school for being flexible with exams during her travel.