Young talent time

Kerrilee Brown (Hillman, 15yrs)
Kerrilee Brown (Hillman, 15yrs)

ROCKINGHAM and Kwi-nana’s reputation for producing national sports stars looks intact, with 11 talented locals selected for WA for the School Sport Australia National Championships.

The 11 students from six local schools will represent WA in football, soccer, basketball, hockey and golf at the championships, held in several venues across the country this month.

The region has produced a wealth of international and national sports stars in recent years, including Olympian Ben Offereins and AFL players Daniel Wells and Hayden Ballantyne.

This group could be the next generation to emerge from local sports fields.

Among them is Rockingham Senior High School student Kerrilee Brown (15), selected in the girls’ 16s football team.

She said she wanted to follow the example of her older siblings, who also play football.

‘I am really proud of myself for being selected to play and all my older siblings play football, so I guess you can say the passion runs in the family,’ she said.

‘To give females the opportunity to play a male-dominated sport like football is great because it gives everyone the opportunity to follow their dreams.

‘I grew up playing football and if the sport was open to females on a professional level, I would definitely try my best to make one of the teams.’

Kerrilee plays for the Peel Thunderbirds and has been playing local football for five years.

The national championships will be held in Darwin, Perth, Canberra, Hobart and various locations in Victoria.

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