Fourteen-year-old Isabella Hindmarsh from rural Braidwood is Capital Football’s NPL Women’s Under 15 Player of the Year.
Isabella started her soccer career with Braidwood Junior Soccer Club and quickly showed how adept she was on the field.
While playing in Braidwood her accomplishments included – 2014 U9 Age Champion Girl; 2015 U10 Female player of the year all grades; 2015 U10 Kanga Cup Most Valuable Player – Male Division; and 2017 Kevin Lang Award Most Valuable Player.
Isabella progressed through to play for Palerang United Football Club, which played in a larger tournament in the south-east, she then went on to play for the Monaro Panthers Women’s National Premier League based in Queanbeyan in 2018.
After two great seasons, she was awarded 2018 U13 Players’ Player and then 2019 U15 Players’ Player.
This year has been one of challenges for Isabella as she was nominated by Monaro Panthers, alongside another teammate, to trial for the Under 14’s ACT National Youth Championships held in Coffs Harbour in July.
Over four gruelling trial sessions, each being knock out rounds, she successfully made it through to represent the ACT Under 14’s team. She and her fellow teammates then went through to Coffs Harbour and were successful winners of the Pool B division.
Being presented with the Capital Football 2019 NPL Women’s U15 Player of the year at the Southern Cross Club is the latest feather in her cap.
Isabella’s determination, hard work and passion for soccer has enabled her to achieve these outstanding goals.
“I love soccer because it is challenging and rewarding, but most of all I love being surrounded by other passionate athletes in the industry. My ultimate goal would be to represent our country,” she says.
Isabella would like to thank the Braidwood Soccer Club and Monaro Panthers, as well the coaches and managers who have supported her throughout this journey.