Waltzing to Matildas: Ellie Carpenter in action for the Wanderers controls the ball during their round two W-League match against Brisbane Roar at Marconi Stadium. Picture: Matt Blyth, Getty ImagesEllie Carpenter admits it’s a long shot, but not impossible that she could be playing for the Australian women’s team at the Olympics.
The 15-year-old defender has been one of the big success stories at the Western Sydney Wanderers this season, after becoming the youngest player to debut in the W-League.
She has played not only every game, but every minute of the season for the Wanderers women.
“I’ve got to say thanks to our coach Norm Boardman for showing faith in me,” she said.
Her performance has already caught the attention of the national side — she has already been called up to two Matildas training camps.
Carpenter had her first call-up to Matildas training in Sydney on January 5 and is now in camp with the team in Canberra as they prepare for their qualifiers for the Olympics in Rio.
Originally from Cowra, Carpenter left her home town in 2011 in pursuit of her dream of playing at the top level.
Now based in Pemulwuy, she balances her football commitments with attending school at Westfields Sports High.
“The Olympics is a long shot, but it’s one of my dreams, so we’ll see what happens.”
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