Soccer star kicking goals for girls
SOCCER: Memerambi girl Taylor Watt is kicking goals one year on from making the move to Brisbane to pursue her dreams on the soccer field.
At 15-years-old she left her home and Kingaroy State High School to be part of Kelvin Grove State College's Queensland Football School of Excellence program.
This season she played in the National Premier League as part of the under-18s Western Pride team and is making moves to achieve her dream of one day joining the national W-League and, ultimately, the Matildas.
Her big goal is to promote the sport and encourage other girls and young women to follow her lead onto the sports field:
"We need to encourage more girls to stay fit and active through football and other sports,” Taylor said.
"I am a huge advocate of females in sport and promote football whenever and wherever I can. I want to engage and inspire other girls to strive for their best, no matter what their chosen sport.”
To help make this a reality Taylor has received $5000 from the AMP Foundation's Tomorrow Makers initiative which helps Australians succeed in their chosen field.
Her success is a team effort with her mum, Linda regularly making the six-hour return drive to Brisbane to take her daughter to training and games and Taylor will be using the grant to help cover travel and training costs.
Head of the AMP Foundation Helen Liondos said AMP is proud to help young Australians on their way to success.
"The diversity of this year's Tomorrow Makers once again demonstrates the talent and innovation that exists in our community,” she said.
"The beauty of the Tomorrow Fund is that the funds can be used for a range of things to help people achieve their goal - whether it's a vital piece of equipment, training or travel.”