Year 12 VSV student Naomi plays for the CommBank Young Matildas and recently represented Australia in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
How did it feel wearing the green and gold at the recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup?
It was amazing. Especially playing the opening match of the tournament against Costa Rica, with 22,000 people in attendance. I was very thankful to be given the opportunity.
What was your highlight of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup?
The whole time away was fun. I couldn’t imagine any other girls to share the experience with. In the camps leading up, we bonded and became like a family. However, one thing that really stood out for me, was receiving Australian player of the match for the Brazil game, as that was really a test.
How did you first become involved with soccer?
One word. Family. My junior club was the U7 Point Cook boys’ team in Melbourne, where my dad was actually the coach. I played and trained with my brothers, they were the attackers and I would always try and defend them. They have a few shin scars from me.
How many hours a week do you train for soccer?
A minimum of 25 hours a week excluding games. In camps this can be even higher.
How has VSV helped you balance a professional soccer career with school?
The flexibility offered by VSV has been the most beneficial for me. Without it, I don’t know how I would be able to manage football and school at the fast pace that it has evolved over the last few months.
Which VSV value do you identify with most and why?
I identify with the value of growth the most. I feel that everyone has room to change and develop. The sky is the limit and you never know what could be achieved if you don’t change.
Who inspires you?
There are some players that I really enjoy watching like Messi, Virgil van Djik and Ellie Carpenter, just to name a few. I also draw inspiration from different people like coaches, family and friends, but it’s my dad who brings it all together.
He’s always there in my corner and helps me put things into perspective. He’s been my rock right throughout my footballing journey.
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