The Future Matildas are in the running for the prestigious 7News Spirit of Sport Award at the 2019 NSWIS Awards and you can get behind their nomination now.
The online ballot launched on Thursday, 7 November, and voting will be open until 30 minutes before the winners are announced at the ceremony at Royal Randwick in Sydney on Thursday, 14 November.
The Push-Up Challenge
The Future Matildas squad partnered with Headspace to complete the ‘Push-Up Challenge’, an initiative which raises awareness and funds for mental health.
The young footballers completed 3128 push-ups as a team over 21 days, which represents the number of lives lost to suicide in 2017.
As a squad, they promoted the initiative on social media, and raised over $1100 for the charity.
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Rewarding the ’spirit of sport’
The 7News Spirit of Sport award acknowledges NSWIS athletes, coaches and staff who have demonstrated the ‘spirit of sport’ over the past year.
This includes acts of great sportsmanship, generosity or selflessness in connection with a sporting endeavour.
The NSW Institute of Sport have selected three of the most worthy nominations from the past 12 months which embody the spirit of sport, of which the Future Matildas are one.
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Who are the Future Matildas?
The Future Matildas program has been established to provide a tailored training environment for some of Australia’s most talented 15-20-year-old female footballers.
The program enables players to train and play regularly with other high-level players and access specialised coaching and support from a range of staff, many of whom are also involved with Australia’s senior women’s national side.