Footy boys meet their match with Mikella

Mikella Johnson has won a place on the Warwick Senior High School |football program, making her the first female to secure a place.
Mikella Johnson has won a place on the Warwick Senior High School |football program, making her the first female to secure a place.

From a young age she defied any previous stereotypes suggesting girls can’t play sport as well as boys, when she was recruited to play for the boys football team at Coolbinia.

Six seasons on, she is still playing for the boys team as well as the girls.

‘I started playing with the girls, but the girls were too soft, so I started playing with the boys and they wanted me to play for them too,’ Mikella said.

Her ability to perform on the football field is attracting interest within the local community.

Warwick Senior High School recently signed her to their football program, making her the first girl to be accepted.

‘I’m really excited. The boys treat me as an equal and I treat them as an equal as well,’ Mikella said.

In addition to her football success, Mikella has taken to a range of other sports.

Her father introduced her to petanque at the age of nine and she is now ranked second in the women and junior leagues across Australia.

She has represented her school in golf and does well in athletics.

‘I’m not that great at running, but I’m good at discus, shot put and javelin,’ Mikella said.

Her mother Kellie has always encouraged her to be involved in sports and is justly proud.

‘I think she is a great inspiration to all kids with her ability to enjoy all sports she plays and has fun doing so,’ Kellie said.

Mikella will find out if she is the winner of the HBF Junior Sports Hero Competition early next year.