Destined to SOAR.
This interview series is aimed at celebrating, recognising and promoting the incredible talent and ferocious courage of our young women of tomorrow.
Let's recognise the magnificent effort of girls' in sport across all codes!
Today our interview is with youth sensation Selena Mifsud. Soar Active had the privilege to catch up with Selena and chat about her love for all things Soccer.
1.Selena, tell us about your early life?
My name is Selena Mifsud and I'm eleven years old, I am the youngest out of my five siblings. I have a very multicultural background, both of my parents where born in Australia but my mum's Spanish & Peruvian, and my dad's Maltese & Polish descent.
2. So how did you discover soccer?
Well I was only two years old. Mum would play soccer with me and my brother Marcus in the backyard.
3. What was your next step?
I joined the local Eschol Park FC at the age of just four. I played for them for two years, then mum found out about Futsal which I then joined the Futsal Institute at the age of five.
It was the best thing for my football development. It has made me the player I am today. I've been training at a Futsal Academy, Evolve Futbol for the past six years and represented at both representative football and National Futsal representative level.
At the age of seven I was selected to play U10s Girls SAP at Marconi. Next I then I went to play for U9s Boys SAP at Macarthur Rams FC and as a result was headhunted to play with U10s Boys SAP Marconi.
My progression from there was joining the Holroyd Rangers FC where my brother was playing as it made it easier for mum to get us both around and today I'm playing at Macarthur Rams FC U14s women's youth team.
4. How do you balance your competitive training and managing school?
It can be hard at times I'm not going to lie, school understands my workload so as long as I can do all of my work in class, I can focus on my training.
5. What do you do in your downtime?
Downtime, what's that? :) I get a couple of weeks off at the end of each year. This is when I take the time to catch up with friends and spend time with my family. I love shopping and going on our family holidays.
6. What makes you feel happy, brave, and strong?
Having my family's love, support and encouragement. Sometimes it can get mentally tiring and they always remind me that I am not alone. They remind me when I achieve my goals, I'll be able to look back at my struggles and know it was worth the sacrifice.
7. Tell us about a special moment in the last year?
I made it into the Football NSW Futsal National U13s Team. The tournament was held in January 2023 in Melbourne and I was selected to play youth at Macarthur Rams FC.
8. What is your ultimate goal?
To be an international football player and to be able to represent my country playing for the Matildas.
9. What's your favourite attribute about yourself?
I like to be the best at everything I do. As long as I know I gave it my all, I walk away happy.
10. What would you say to other young females about following their dreams?
I will tell them, its not easy. You need to give up so much of your time for what you want to achieve, there will be obstacles, but do not let anyone get in your way and keep pushing forward. It will be worth it.
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