Shari Lawrence and Jess Henwood to represent Australia in futsal

Talented players: Shari Lawrence of Hallidays Point and Jess Henwood of Forster will travel to Brazil in November this year to represent Australia in futsal.
Talented players: Shari Lawrence of Hallidays Point and Jess Henwood of Forster will travel to Brazil in November this year to represent Australia in futsal.

Great Lakes College students Shari Lawrence, 15, and Jess Henwood, 14, will travel to Brazil as part of the Australian Futsal Team in November. 

Their selection was a result of their outstanding performance at the National Club Futsal Championships in Sydney. 

The girls were on the same team at Nationals and said they were placed in a “really hard” pool of competitors. 

“It was pretty intense in that we were down two players and playing in 45-degree heat,” Shari said. 

“We were really proud of our efforts.”

The girls grew up down the road from one another and have played numerous sports together including outdoor soccer and rugby. 

“It’s a dream we’ve had together – to represent Australia"

Ashari Lawrence

“It’s a dream we’ve had together – to represent Australia,” Shari said. 

Jess has never been overseas before and said she was excited to play for Australia. 

“It means a lot,” she said. Shari and Jess travel to Taree to train for futsal at Saxby’s Stadium each week.

At some points in the year, Shari and Jess will train and play up to six nights a week across their various sports. 

“It’s our passion,” Jess said. 

Both said without the help of their parents driving them around and purchasing equipment – their sporting achievements wouldn’t be possible.  Shari said, “Football Mid North Coast also do an amazing job”. 

The cost for the trip is around $8000.

Jess has a GoFund Me page set up to raise funds. 

They each hope to hold other fundraisers and seek support from businesses.