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Assisi celebrates its Franciscan Futsal four

Assisi College 2017 graduates Beth Nicholson, Jamilla Korn, Fabia Salvatore and
Chelsey McFaul were part of the winning Under 19 Girls Futsal National
Championship team

FOUR recent graduates from Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera, left behind a sporting legacy that could be unrivalled in Queensland School Sport history.

Beth Nicholson, Jamilla Korn, Fabia Salvatore and Chelsey McFaul appeared in every regional, state and Australian titles hosted by the Australian Futsal (a five-a-side version of court soccer) Association throughout their secondary school years.

Remarkably, the four students only missed the grand final once in any of the events, winning 14 titles and finishing runners-up five times.

The Assisi team won the South-East Regional Title five times, the Queensland Champion of Champions four times and the Australasian Title five times, including crowned the Under 19 Australasian Championship in their final game for the college.

While a number of players within the team had changed from time-to-time, the core quartet of Beth, Jamilla, Fabia and Chelsey played in every one of those 14 titles.

Assisi’s Director of Futsal, Paul McKarzel, said it was sad to say goodbye to such an amazing group of girls given the influence they had on the college and its Futsal Program.

“They have filled our trophy cabinet, but they are more revered at our school for their style of play, humility and sportsmanship,” he said.

Paul, who had coached the four since primary school, said it was always difficult to farewell such talented students.

He said the four girls understood at an early age the role sport could play in their education.

“They really bought into the program’s Franciscan Mission Statement that challenges students to strive for ideals such as commitment, dedication, resilience, persistence and respect for the opposition and for people who provided opportunity for you,” he said.

“Ironically, this probably contributed to their incredible win ratio.

“But significantly, if you spoke to them after a game, you would not be able to identify whether they had won or lost, as they assessed themselves more on their ideals.”

Principal Michael Laidler echoed Paul's sentiments.

“Watching the girls compete and win is a pleasure, but it is all the aspects of character building that comes with playing sport that is the most pleasing thing to see,” he said.

“Ultimately what we are striving for at Assisi College is the holistic development of all students.”

Paul said despite the departure of the four champions, the future of Assisi Futsal looked bright with the Under 16 Boys and Under 12 Boys also winning the Australasian Titles in their respective divisions.


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