Two very talented Nullagine Footballers attended a Naitanui Academy training session in Newman in mid-June. Carla Francis and Cheyenne Booth, both aged 15, had been recognised from previous tournaments such as the Kirby Bentley Cup, and were invited to attend the training session in Newman.
The training was led by West Coast Eagles Game Development Coordinator Kim Hannah and assisted by former WC Eagles players Sam Butler and Brad Dalziell. WA Football Commission Regional Development Manager Vicki Agnew and members of V Swans Northwest Academy were also on hand, so the girls were exposed to several talent programs.
The girls trained with around 25 boys and both Carla Francis and Cheyenne Booth showed why they could be potential future footballing stars. Not overawed by the occasion or the fact they had to train with the boys, the girls showed plenty of poise, class and skill as they impressed their academy coaches. It was a good hitout for the girls who will both be attending the Martu Youth Festival in Punmu from July 10 to 12.
The festival will be another opportunity for them to showcase their talents and, hopefully, create more pathways for them and other emerging Martu sporting stars. The training camp also offered a rare opportunity for our two Ngurra Kujungka Recreation Officers Lloyd Patch and Janissa Booth from Nullagine to attend the training camp and learn some helpful tips and drills to take back to their community. Being exposed to an elite level of training will benefit their development as Recreation Officers and the sport sessions they conduct in Nullagine.