Binns in state side
BUNDABERG has another state representative, after Kimberlee Binns was chosen in the Queensland team to contest the Australian under-13 girls' championships in Canberra in April.
The dynamic 12-year-old, who plays on the wing or at striker, was excited when she received notification of her selection from Football Queensland after the final trials at The Southport School.
She is the only local player to gain a place in the team, although Rebecca Goulding, who was a member of Queensland team that won the Australian Primary Schools Girls' Championships last year, was named as a shadow player.
Proud mother Janita said Kimberlee had been confident of making the team but was over the moon to make the final cut.
"Kimberlee worked very hard for it but she didn't have her hopes up because it's tough at that level. Now she is just determined to do well for Queensland and maybe help them win the title," Janita said.
"We have not received the costing yet and it will be expensive but all worthwhile. Kimberlee has played for Wide Bay for two years in a row but it will be her first time at national level."
Janita said one of Bundaberg women's football driving forces, Fiona Stevenson, who is also the Wide Bay and Queensland coach, had helped greatly in getting her daughter to where she was.
Binns, who has just started Year 8 at Bundaberg North High School, joined North Bundaberg Eagles in under-6 and has played for them ever since, playing last year for their under-12 girls' and under-13 boys' teams.
The tough competitor was especially dominant in the girls' division, winning the Golden Boot award with 28 goals from her 14 premiership matches and spearheading the team to the grand final, only to go down to the Goulding-led Bingera.
She does not play any other sport.
Former North club president and director of coaching Jim Cairney said Binns had always shown great potential.
"When Kimberlee was seven and eight, I used to do extra coaching for a few kids and she was one of them and she was always keen to learn and had a great attitude," Cairney said.
"She was just as quick as the best of the boys and almost as skilful. I have never actually been her team coach but I have watched her and mentored her with feedback as to what she was doing good.
"I always knew she would go a long way but to make top 16 in the state is a great achievement."