University of New England (UNE) student Gabrielle Keaton was recently presented with a gold medal, as recognition of her selection in the University Green and Gold Team for Women’s Soccer.
Chris Donovan, UNE Soccer Club President and coach of the UNE Women’s Soccer Team said, “We are very proud of Gabrielle, as it is a great honour to be named in the side.”
“The Green and Gold Team consists of the best players in each sport, selected at the Australian University Games and UNE is fortunate to have been well represented over the years, so it’s wonderful to see Gabrielle following in the footsteps of many others.”
David Schmude, Director of UNE Life believes that for a regional University, UNE attracts a great number of talented sportsmen and women.
“This is because the University has always had a strong culture of sport for both on and off campus students,” he said.
Gabrielle, a second year Science student, who lives at Austin College, has played soccer all of her life.
“I was four when I started playing and I’ve never stopped, I just love it, but I never thought something like this would happen, actually I didn’t even know there were selectors at the games,” she said.
As well as being a talented soccer player, as a school girl Gabrielle represented the state in cross country and travelled to the United States as part of a development squad.
She is currently nursing an injury but is looking forward to being part of the UNE Women’s Soccer Team at the Northern University Games and the Australian University Games later this year.