African woman makes WA state team

Sunday, June 23 2013 @ 07:36 am ACST

Contributed by: Tobietta Rhyman

Susan Chuot is the first African player to make the Western Australia state women’s team. She was originally born in South Sudan but her family soon moved to Kenya to escape the war.

After her family moved to Australia, Chuot first played Australian Football at school, but her main passion was always soccer until she got involved at the Edmund Rice Centre, for young people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, coaching their Indigenous soccer team. Chout was then invited to become the first female to play for the Lions, the boys’ football team, in 2011 and she even captained the team in 2012.

This season Chuot is playing for the Mount Lawley Hawks women’s football team, and after impressing the coaches, she was invited to train with the WA State team and was selected to play for them at the Women’s National Championships few weeks later.

Chuot is already sharing her passion and experience for the game with other women back at the Edmund Rice Centre and this year they started a women’s football team: the Butler Falcons. Chuot hopes that soon other African women may be following in her footsteps soon and playing at state level.

For more information on Chuot’s story and the work she is doing at the Edmund Rice Centre, please read the original article here.

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