Three young soccer stars from Sydney Catholic schools have returned from the School Sport Australia Under 12 Football Championships with gold and silver medals.
Brae Ovens from St John Bosco Catholic Primary Engadine was the captain of the undefeated NSW boys’ team which took home the gold medal. Claudia Cicco and Kiara Holyoake-Caceda, in Year 6 at St Michael’s Catholic Primary Stanmore, were part of the second-placed NSW girls’ side, which conceded the least number of goals of any team in their age group.
The three Year 6 students were honoured to represent their schools, Sydney Catholic Schools and their state at the championship held in Mandurah, Western Australia from 20-27 August.
A keen soccer player since he was 7, Brae was ecstatic to be selected in the NSW team for the second year in a row. Sports Captain and RE leader at his school, Brae was very honoured to be made captain of the team.
“Sport, and especially soccer, are the biggest passions in my life,” said Brae, who plays in several positions including centre-back, midfield and forward.
Recently named in the Sutherland Football Association Metro Far South State Title team, Brae said he loves attacking and as long as he can get a foot to a soccer ball he is extremely happy.
Eleven-year-old Claudia and 12-year-old Kiara were thrilled their team was second at the national championships.
“There were a lot of very talented players so to be awarded the silver medal was awesome,” said Claudia.
Both girls are members of Football NSW Institute Under 13s team and are leaders at their school. Claudia is school captain and Kiara is captain of Waratah team.
Their sports teacher, Danielle Polson, said the school was very proud of the girls.
“They both lead by example not just on the football field. During PE lessons they encourage everyone and share their skills.
Claudia and Kiara enjoy the opportunities representative sport allows to travel and make new friends, and by the time they are 17, they hope to be in contention for the Young Matildas team.