DREAM EXPERIENCE: Chinchilla's Gabby Hicks is heading to Brazil in August to play for the Australian under 15 girls futsal team.
DREAM EXPERIENCE: Chinchilla's Gabby Hicks is heading to Brazil in August to play for the Australian under 15 girls futsal team. Kate McCormack

Chinchilla teen to embark on the trip of a lifetime

AT just 15-years-old Chinchilla's Gabrielle - better known as Gabby - Hicks is just months away from representing Australia on an intensive futsal tour of Brazil.

She will join 16 other futsal-mad teenage girls from across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland for the trip of a lifetime, allowing them to train alongside Brazilian coaches and compete against other teams from both school, club and regional levels.

Hicks said she was in disbelief when she received the letter, offering her a position on the Australian team.

"Not many people in regional towns like Chinchilla get past the school southwest representative level, so I feel very honoured,” she said.

Hicks says she is excited to be around like-minded people who are as passionate about futsal as she is.

"One day I'd really like to coach and referee soccer or futsal at a professional level and I am hoping this trip will help make my goals become more of a reality,” she said.

The once in a lifetime opportunity doesn't come cheap.

The cost of flights, accommodation, food, transport, uniforms and game fees is going to cost the Hicks family well over $8,000.

"I realise this is a big commitment for my family and I'm extremely grateful to them as well as the Chinchilla community for supporting me and allowing me to give this opportunity a go,” Hicks said.

The Hicks family, with the support of Football Chinchilla, are hosting a movie night to help raise some funds for the trip.

"I'm hoping that by taking this opportunity, other kids around our region will be encouraged to trial for sports they love. You don't know where it might end up taking you,” Hicks said.

This Wednesday the Chinchilla cinema will be showing Avengers: Endgame with doors open at 6pm and the movie screening at 7pm

Tickets are $25 and include pizza, dessert and drinks and can be purchased from Chinchilla 1 Hour Photos on Heeney Street or online from the Western Downs Cinema website.


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