Elyshia Ogston is a young sportswoman from Pirie with big prospects

CHAMPION: Pirie girl Elyshia Ogston is an all-rounder who recently represented South Australia U15 girls in the National Futsal Championships in Canberra.
CHAMPION: Pirie girl Elyshia Ogston is an all-rounder who recently represented South Australia U15 girls in the National Futsal Championships in Canberra.

From soccer to netball, softball to dance ...

... at 16 yearsold, Elyshia Ogston is an all-round young sport star in the making.

Representing the South Australian under 15 girls team at the National Futsal Championships in Canberra earlier this year is among her many achievements.

Sport has always been a major part of Elyshia's life.

Since a young age she has kept on her toes, playing community netball and competing in both state and national dance competitions through Hip-Hop Bounce.

It was not until high school that she branched out and became involved with soccer and the modified form known as futsal.

"Futsal is similar to soccer, but it is an indoor sport with four players on the court and a goal-keeper," she said.

She describes futsal as a great sport, especially in her position as goal-keeper.

"I like the pace. It is very speedy," she said.

Mum Zoe Collini said her daughter's selection to play for the John Pirie Secondary School soccer academy in Year 8 had led to more opportunities.

"Her teacher saw great potential and selected her to join the soccer academy team," she said.

"From there she went to the Berri carnival and the selectors said, 'yep, we want her', and she was selected for state futsal team tryouts."

In 2018, Elyshia travelled with her school soccer academy to Brisbane where they competed in the OFC Futsal Championships.

She took home the title for open girls goalkeeper of the tournament.

Last year, she was awarded female best-and-fairest for the school's soccer academy team and was chosen to play outdoor soccer in Fiji.

This year she has joined The University of Adelaide's under 17 girls' red team for outdoor soccer.

Elyshia said she enjoys the influence sport has had on her life and the path so far.

"I have made a lot of friends through the state team and from the soccer academy," she said.

The teenager will no doubt keep her feet on the ground while reaching for the stars.

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