Soccer: state glory beckons for John Curtin College of the Arts stars


Rising soccer stars James Nixon, Leticia McKenna, Fraser Dunlop, Hana Lowry and Hamish Van Dieken. Picture: Jon Hewson    d476559
Rising soccer stars James Nixon, Leticia McKenna, Fraser Dunlop, Hana Lowry and Hamish Van Dieken. Picture: Jon Hewson d476559

SOCCER stars representing WA are getting their start at John Curtin College of the Arts.

In the specialist soccer program which has 150 students, 25 of them have represented WA this year.

They have participated in national championships at Coffs Harbour and a training centre in Canberra.

State player Hamish Van Dieken said the program at the school helped consolidate his skills.

“I was really excited when I was selected, but nervous,” he said.

“You want to do well.”

Leticia Mckenna and Hana Lowry said they were excited to be selected for the state team.

The girls both hope to play for the Matildas one day like their idols Sam Kerr and Lisa De Vanna.

Year 9 player Fraser Dunlop, like many at the school, has been selected for the state team more than once.

“One day I would like to play for Chelsea,” he said.

Coach Peter Rickers said the result was a validation of what they did at the school, day to day.

“It’s a reward for the students who work hard, a reward for the school that supported them,” he said.

“It reflects what we do every day.”

The under-16s John Curtin team will fly to Adelaide to play in the Public School Games in December.

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