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Ellie Carpenter has been busy pursuing her sporting dreams in Sydney.
Ellie Carpenter has been busy pursuing her sporting dreams in Sydney.

Ellie Carpenter is a busy young lady.

She has had an amazing run with representative sporting honours since moving at the beginning of this year, from Cowra to take up residency in Sydney.

Ellie is in year 6 and is currently completing her final year of primary school at King Park Public School in South West Sydney.

Initially Ellie moved to Sydney to pursue her football career after she was the only country girl selected into the Football NSW under 13s Girls Skillaroos program.

From this program, she was selected for the FNSW Under 13s girls State Team to represent NSW at the FFA National tournament that was held in Canberra in April.

NSW were crowned National champions at the tournament and Ellie was fortunate enough to feature in the starting line up for each game throughout the event.

Ellie has also pursued the PSSA representative pathways for Football, Aerobics and Athletics.

She was part of the King Park Girls Football team that were Sydney South West champions in the statewide knockout and was also selected to represent Sydney South West at the PSSA State Carnival.

At the State Championships, Ellie was selected for the NSW schoolgirls squad to attend the School Sport Australia National Championships in Darwin.

Ellie was named captain of the the NSW team and they recorded a four wins, one loss and two draws to finish third overall.

Ellie trains under the expert eye of Taryn Rockall, a former Australian representative and is also a member of the Westfields Sports High School's highly respected football program.

She also plays Premier League football for Blacktown Spartans.

Ellie was a former representative for Western NSW football, being part of their P22 squads as well as the Western Panthers, (now known as Western Mariners).

She is grateful to the development and support from many Western-based coaches and mentors including Jim Glasheen (Young), Glenn Stedman (Orange) and the continued support of the Rooke family (Bathurst).

Ellie has also attended the State Championships for School Sport Aerobics where the King Park team, of which she is a member, won gold.

They then went on to claim the silver medal at the National championships held in August.

Ellie is currently progressing through the representative levels for athletics and recently contested Sydney South West State selection trials winning the 100m final there.

She recently broke the 100m and 200m King Park school records which had stood since 2001.

Ellie hopes to stay focused on her sporting pursuits and encourages all regional country athletes to live their dreams.

It requires the utmost dedication from both Ellie and her family.

However the experiences, the destinations and the friendships she has made have all been worth the sacrifice.