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My very AWESOME day with the MATILDA’S women’s football team.

ImageToday I met some very special women. The Matilda’s! On Friday last week, I was at the ACT school sports soccer day representing Tuggeranong region. Mum had a phone call and Sigourney from Capital Football told me that I had been invited to go into the Matilda’s training camp! I couldn’t believe it. Today was the day, when we driving the very long drive from our house, I had know idea what to expect except that I knew I had been asked to make sure I had my football boots and audible ball ready to go. It was pouring rain and when we got there I was a bit worried. The weather was so bad I couldnt see very well, so I had to use my Dexter (my cane) to help me find my way. I got there and met all the girls and Hesterine (the coach)!! they were so cool, and very welcoming. Emily Van Egmond was there to hang out with me and take care of me for the morning. She taught me so many new cool things. We did a warmup and lots of core exercises, it was hard but I did just as much as the girls did 🙂 We also did some ball skills drills. The girls said they really liked my audible ball. We also played some two on two and then Hesterine said I could go in and tackle the ball. That was something I had been waiting to do!! In two on two I think I scored three times against the girls 🙂 That was way cool! AFter most of the training was done I asked Hesterine if she could please teach me how to do a proper header. She did! I am still amazed that she took the time for me. After all I am just a little kid. I think that there is always a positive thing that can come out a negative thing. And lets face it losing your vision is not so positive 😦 but you know what if I can find a way to be the best me and the Matildas can find a way to be the best Matildas and Hesterine can find a way to be the best Hesterine, so can you!!

Claire 🙂

PS lots more happened today, but I will save that for another day.



All things are possible!

I was a very busy week last week! I had Tuggie United Under 11’s football training, I had training for Under 12’s Regional ACT School Sports, I had my Saturday game and scored the most awesome goal out of full back, and the on Sunday….. I went for my first tandem bike ride with Mum’s friend Michael.  We did about a five km ride around the lake, it was so cool! I didn’t know how was going to go at first I haven’t ridden my bike much since I started having big problems with my vision. but that didn’t matter cause Michael has two good eyes and I have two good legs (Michael only has one!). Michael does all sorts of sports but he like doing cycling and triathlons the best. He said that when I do my next triathlon that he could help me with a a tandem bike, and I didn’t even know it but did you know that some athletes are allowed to be guided when they swim and run? How cool is that. I don’t think that would work in soccer though, I think I would move to fast for a guide and anyway how could I slide in to tackle if a guide was attached to me. Very funny. Anyway I think it is cool the way that lots of people can find different ways of doing things, but it is still hard sometimes when your a kid because other kids think your weird. I just want to be a normal kid doing normal kid stuff.Image