TREMENDOUS EFFORT: Amy Crowther has just been selected in the Queensland Country under-15 girls futsal team to compete in Sydney in January. Picture: Melissa-Anne Crowther
TREMENDOUS EFFORT: Amy Crowther has just been selected in the Queensland Country under-15 girls futsal team to compete in Sydney in January. Picture: Melissa-Anne Crowther

Former Monto girl kicking goals for Queensland

MONTO born and former local Amy Crowther has been recognised for her supreme futsal abilities, but needs your help.

Amy has been selected to represent the Queensland Country under-15 girls at the futsal club titles in Sydney in January.

Her selection comes off the back of a commendable display at the National Schools Futsal Championships in Brisbane this year.

A place in the U15s Australian futsal team tour of Brazil was also offered to Amy, but had to be turned down due to the cost.

Sydney on the other hand is still on the table, with her parents setting up a Facebook fundraising page to help get Amy to the Sydney titles.

Her father Andrew Crowther is proud of his daughter's achievements, saying her team performed impressively for their circumstances.

"The issue for Queensland Country sports across the board is the location of all the players," Mr Crowther said.

"We had girls from Townsville, Clermont, Bundaberg and Maryborough, who essentially met for the first time on the day of the tournament."

Before moving to the Fraser Coast in 2011, Amy and her family were members of the community of Monto.

Amy and one of her sisters went to Monto Primary School, while her mother Melissa Anne went to Monto High School.

Mr Crowther worked at the Monto Neighbourhood Centre, then at DJ's Steel and Concrete.

Having to move closer to Brisbane due to health reasons, the family still has close ties to the town.

Mr Crowther believes the girls played well after placing eighth at the championships, with some of the Brisbane teams training weekly in the two-month lead-up.

"They were just tremendously competitive, staying in the arm wrestles to the very end," he said.

Amy's abilities were tested in Brisbane, but her father believes she persevered wholeheartedly.

"It was interesting to see how she went against people who perhaps play it more often than her," he said.

For Amy to be playing ball sports is an achievement in itself, with her being diagnosed with Irlen syndrome.

This is a perceptual processing disorder, where there is a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information such as depth and colours.

"To begin with it was hard for her to play these ball sports, because she couldn't understand why she couldn't see where the ball was going," Mr Crowther said.

"Now she's been able to work with this and better understand this problem, now she is playing at the highest level."

To help raise money for Amy, please head here.


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