Wanderers re-sign Australia’s youngest Olympian

The Western Sydney Wanderers have announced the re-signing of Ellie Carpenter, Australia’s youngest athlete at the Rio Games.

Having burst onto the scene in an impressive fashion last season, the 16-year-old Carpenter will remain in Red & Black for the upcoming Westfield W-League season.

Making her national league debut at just 15-years-old, the defender has had an incredible 10 months that has seen her play every minute in the Westfield W-League, saw her become the first Millennial – male or female – to represent Australia and saw her selected as the nation’s youngest Olympian at Rio.

Ellie Carpenter W-League

Having left her hometown, Cowra in regional NSW, at only 11 years of age to pursue her football dreams, Carpenter’s bold decision has paid off as she has become a household name in Australian women’s sport.

After such a whirlwind journey, Carpenter is looking forward to pulling on the Red & Black jersey again.

“I’ve re-signed for the Wanderers for the upcoming season which I’m really excited about, I just can’t wait to start off another season with the club,” said Carpenter.

Ellie Carpenter Matildas

“When I started at the Wanderers less than a year ago I couldn’t imagine what was going to happen. The last 10 months have been pretty crazy: finishing W-League, straight into the Matildas, qualification for the Olympics, the Olympic tournament itself and now re-signing with the Wanderers.

“The Wanderers have done so much for me in offering me my first contract, having faith in me to perform and giving me the game time I needed to get identified for the national team.

“I’m so proud to be part of this club.”