Love of the game motivates young touch star
AT 11 years of age Sharne Whyte played beyond her years on the touch football field this season.
She was a member of the Kingaroy under-14 girls' team at the junior state cup in Hervey Bay.
The three-day carnival is one of the biggest events on the touch calendar in Queensland.
Sharne loves to challenge herself at carnivals across the state from Toowoomba to Bundaberg and use her knowledge to help and encourage her teammates.
"I love experiencing touch with all the other girls and getting more interest into touch and sport,” she said.
During the regular season, the Taabinga State School student played in the girls' under-12 team.
"I like talking with the girls and doing plays and helping others that don't know much and passing the ball to them so they can have a run,” she said.
Touch is a family sport for the Whytes and Sharne is grateful for the support of her parents.
"I would like to thank my parents for coaching me and getting me to different places in the country for touch,” she said.
Sharne is hungry to reach the next level and her coach, Josh Barkle, says she has the ability.
"She has got a lot of potential and if she just puts her mind to it she could go anywhere,” he said.
Barkle describes Sharne as an all-rounder who is easy to coach.
"Sharne is a very skilful player and she has got a lot of talent,” he said.
"I have a lot of time for her and she is really good with the team and communicates well.
"Especially coming from the under-10s and moving up to the under-12s, there are a lot of different new rules that they have to learn and she is going really well.”
Sharne's passion for touch gives her the motivation to keep going and she wants to see more girls on the field having a go and playing the sport she loves.
"It is great fun to come down and play. There are a lot of nice people and very encouraging people and you would be welcome,” she said.