At just 15-years-of-age, Coolum’s Chelsea Ansell continues to cement her place as a future elite sports star after being invited to attend the first ever intake of youth girls players into the Female AFL High Performance Academy.
Chelsea, a Coolum Beach Breakers and AFL Sunshine Coast Juniors player, recently returned from the Melbourne-based High Performance Academy and was one of only 20 players selected Australia-wide.
“Over the five days at the Academy, we improved our skills and performance by participating in various training sessions including kicking technique, strength and conditioning, gym sessions and running technique; including the Buckley Kicking Test and the Lloyd Clean Hands Skill Test,” Ansell said.
“Matthew Lloyd came and did the Buckley/Lloyd tests; which was awesome and we did some fitness testing at the Western Bulldogs training facility; which was an amazing environment to do testing.”
The Academy has been designed to assist all AFL athletes in their pursuits of a professional career and provide valuable, testing, training and education for players, coaches and other staff.
The rising star’s invitational visit followed a huge year that saw her play in the inaugural season of the AFL Sunshine Coast Juniors U15 Youth Girls Competition, as well as representing the Sunshine Coast at the AFL Queensland U17 Youth Girls Championships.
Chelsea was also selected in the Queensland U18 Invitational team and, along with her brother Tom, has been a valuable Coolum Beach Breakers player for the past three years.
The sporting dynamo’s burgeoning success extends not only to AFL, but up until last season, she also played Soccer and continues to demonstrate her star power at state level in OzTag, where she captained a winning ‘State-of-Origin’ team in 2012 (for the second year running).
A love of sports runs in the family and credit must be given to parents Chris and Jenny Ansell who, while both working fulltime, have managed to form a successful tag team to give both Chelsea and her brother the support they need to follow their sporting dreams.
In reality, this amounts to a commitment of at least two sports per sibling, with Tom also playing Cricket this year, and an average of up to three hours per day training for Chelsea – a testament to her dedication and willingness to continue the path to a full-time sporting career.
The AFL Sunshine Coast Juniors will this year be offering an U15 Youth Girls competition as well as the U18 Youth Girls to further support the development of female AFL on the Coast.
For more information on becoming a player, visit www.aflsunshinecoast.com.au.