Wednesday 09 September 2015

Teen makes Touch Football Tournament

Olivia originally chose to play Softball as part of her summer sport program at Ivanhoe Grammar School, however a friend persuaded her to give Touch Football a try and she hasn’t looked back.

Following an invitation to trial, Olivia has been selected in the U15 Touch Football team and will represent Victoria in the upcoming Pacific School Games. The selection process involved several rigorous training sessions involving fitness, endurance and agility testing which were carried out by Touch Football Victoria. In addition Olivia was also selected to play for Melbourne University Blacks women’s team for this season, playing against girls who are much older than she is.

Olivia has a demanding schedule, training midweek and on the weekend, which involves learning in depth tactical and set plays – a key point of the game, as a match is usually not won based on skill alone but by communication and the ability of the team to apply and read the technical aspects of the game.

A talented athlete, Olivia never expected she would reach State level in any sport, so her success has come as a surprise to her.

Neil Buszard Director of Sport at Ivanhoe Grammar School states “Olivia took to the sport like a duck to water and improved her game rapidly in a short period of time. We are hopeful that Olivia will progress to the Australian team. ”

The Pacific School Games will be held in Adelaide from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 November, 2015.