Soccer ace has definite goals for the future

2013-11-19 00:00

UNLIKE most girls who enjoy the relative confines of the netball court, Cailin Alcock is dead keen on soccer, a sport she started in Grade 7 at junior school on the North Coast.

“I never enjoyed netball and asked the soccer coach one day if I could join in with the boys and try the sport,” said Cailin.

“Initially, I was given a bit of a hard time in a sport most boys play, but I wanted to prove to them that girls could also play.”

Having taken that first step, there was no stopping Cailin. She decided there and then that soccer was her game and she was going to make something of it.

“At St Mary’s, I really started focusing on the game. I play striker, a great position to tussle for the ball and mix it with other players on the field,” she said.

Cailin can’t remember how many goals she has scored, but there have been plenty, and she regularly finds her name on the score sheet.

“Soccer is only played in the third term so I keep involved at club level, playing for the Shooting Stars Academy in Durban,” she said.

“I also play indoor league [Footy] on Thursdays and in-between, I keep fit with gym work, swimming and extra lessons on a one-on-one basis twice a week with a soccer coach.”

The physical nature of the sport, the hustle and bustle a striker contends with when competing for the ball, does not deter her. It has the opposite affect as she says it helps to keep her focused.

“It helps me concentrate, think fast and be aware of what’s going on all the time,” she said.

“So far, I have been fortunate in terms of injuries, just having an Achilles injury, where I had to wear a brace for a month and obviously could not play. Otherwise, it’s been all systems go for me.”

Cailin wants to continue playing soccer after school, although her love for animals may see her do some studying to be a vet. That is still some time away and currently her future plans are all about soccer. “My dream is to play in the U.S. or England in a top women’s league,” she said.

“I hope to get scouted and get overseas to play. My folks are my greatest supporters and are always on the Internet finding information and putting my details out there.”

Besides soccer, Cailin is a more than useful hockey player. She was the Most Improved U16 player at her school’s recent sports awards and enjoys athletics (middle distance) and cross-country running. “Distance running is more my thing, but surprisingly, I have represented St Mary’s at the 100 metres.”

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