Elijah Barwick is just 13 years old and is making a name for himself in the world of soccer here in Australia and overseas.
His interest in soccer started at the age of two and has since become his obsession and passion where he would ask for anything soccer for birthdays, Christmas’ and even Easter.
Elijah has had some great opportunities; he has played for Sunnybank Saints, Lions FC and last year played for the under 13 NPL team at Western Pride and has been retained to play for the under 14 NPL this year.
As well as traditional soccer, Elijah enjoys the indoor fast paced game of futsal. The speed and fast-paced nature of the game suits his skills.
After a recent trial, Elijah was selected for the Atletico Brisbane 13 Years Boys State Futsal Team to compete at the National Club Championships in Sydney this month.
“I was ecstatic when I learned that I would be representing my state at a national level for the third year in a row,” said Elijah.
“I love the competitive nature of the sport and pushing myself to achieve my goals.
“I love that I can showcase what kids in Queensland can do with hard work and determination and I wear my Queensland jersey with pride and hope they will take out the final this year,” he said.
Elijah’s whole world revolves around soccer to the point he trains six days a week and only gives himself a two-week rest at Christmas.
“I love the friends I have made and the experiences of travel.”
Last year Elijah was selected for the Australian Futsal team to compete in New Zealand, and this year he was selected for the US international team, unfortunately he was unable to attend due to financial constraints and COVID restrictions.
A little over three years ago Elijah travelled to England as part of a football programme where his love for the game grew. He played at and trained at some of the best clubs in the world.
Proud mum Chantell said that due to Covid, a lot of soccer and soccer tournaments were cancelled with the players missing so much.
“When soccer recommenced and Elijah got invited to play in the Nationals, we decided to do whatever necessary to allow him to go. No sacrifice is too much for our young man,” she said.
“He is hoping to represent Australia at an international level this year also.”
To help this young man make it to Sydney and to further his career, a GoFundMe page has been created. The family are also doing fundraisers and many other things to help get Elijah to his events.
You can follow this young man via his Facebook page – Elijah Barwick Football / Soccer