South Australia turning up the Heat for a mate

first_imgBy BEN HARRISFor South Australia Heat, the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium are more than just a touch football tournament.The girls team in particular have had to overcome a significant hurdle that personally impacted many within the touch football community.The terrible skiing accident in July which left the Heat’s National Youth Championships girls captain Cody Gray a quadriplegic.Gray was to play at this event however, the wonders of modern technology has allowed her to have a different view.“Modern technology allows us to get her up on face-time and almost be in the sub box and she was barking instructions to the girls from Adelaide the other day,” South Australia Touch’s state operations manager Tim Wyld said.“The girls are holding up pretty well in a tough situation, we will see how we go but they are using it as a motivator.”On day one, the Heat won two of their three matches as they try to continue their impressive form.“It seems to be a gradual improvement. We are back-to-back [champions] in development states titles in the girls’ division and a fourth place in the girls T-League at the NTLs [National Touch League],” Wyld said.“Most of these girls played in that side too. We have a core group of girls who are going through together and it’s holding us in good stead.”Led by first-year coach Ellie Konopka, who played at the National Youth Championships last year, the Heat are making ground.“She is doing a fantastic job, and given the impact this team has had and the things she needs to deal with,” Wyld said.“A lot of coaches haven’t had to deal with that in their lifetime and in her first tournament, she has had to help out. “She has done a fantastic job, and it is great to see Mick [Gray] here too and continuing that mentoring role with her, I think she will be a fantastic coach.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – LinksNational Youth Champslast_img

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