Ellie Carpenter's stunning rise continues with superb Westfield W-League campaign

Competing at the Olympic Games is the pinnacle for most athletes but for Ellie Carpenter it appears to be just the beginning.

The defender debuted for the Westfield Matildas as a 15-year-old in March 2016 and was on the plane to Rio fewer than five months later, helping Australia to the quarter-finals.

Her already incredible list of achievements continued last week as she was named Canberra United's Player of the Year and Supporters' Player of the Year.

The accolades capped a stellar first campaign at the capital club following an off-season move from Western Sydney Wanderers.

Westfield Matildas coach Alen Stajcic will be especially delighted with the quick adjustment as he factors Carpenter into his planning for the upcoming AFC Women's Asian Cup.

Ellie Carpenter
Carpenter is an established member of the Westfield Matildas squad.

Comfortable both in defence and further afield, her versatility, athleticism and "winning mentality" - as extolled by Canberra coach Heather Garriock - are highly valuable commodities in tournament football.

And they could prove essential to Australia's bid to win the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time next year.

With an Olympic Games, an Asian Cup and two Algarve Cups potentially on her resume by then, Carpenter will surely be the most experienced teenager at France 2019.

There is plenty to happen before Stajcic sits down to pick that squad, but the rapid rise of one of Australian football's big talents is almost certain to have her in position for another major milestone.