One piece of advice this writer was given in his younger years that he wasn’t necessarily always good at putting into practise was ‘don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today’.
It’s a well-known quote that some might take as meaning, achieve as much as you can while you are young and hopefully have the time, energy and vitality to work hard and make things happen, potentially making things easier for yourself later in life by working hard today.
One local young person who seemingly needs no such motivational quotes is Legana local and Riverside Olympic Football Club women’s captain Chelsea Wing.
Chelsea, who is 19, was recently appointed as Technical Director of coaching at Riverside Olympic, meaning she will work closely with recently appointed Portuguese NPL coach Helder Dos Santos Silva, to hopefully achieve great outcomes for local soccer.
Riverside Olympic is one of the pioneers of women’s soccer in Northern Tasmania, with their recently implemented female academy providing girls an opportunity to play soccer all the way from juniors to senior women’s level, the club is hoping that Football Federation Tasmania will grant Riverside a WSL licence for season 2024 which is the highest level of woman’s football in Tasmania.
‘That would be a dream of mine, to represent Riverside Olympic at State League level.’ Said Chelsea.
Chelsea made her debut at senior woman’s level at just 15 in a year that saw the club bring home the Northern Championship title. Her passion for the game, combined with fantastic vision, skill and work ethic, have seen her promoted to captain of the senior women’s team, represent and score for Tasmania’s u19 women’s team against one of Victoria’s premier female soccer clubs at UTAS Stadium and move into coaching. In her maiden season as a coach in her own right, Chelsea coached Riverside’s under 17 girls team to runners up in the league and winners of the prestigious McDonalds Cup, all while coaching Northern Tasmania’s u12 girls rep team and assistant coaching Tasmania’s u14 girls state team!
It was this success alongside Chelsea’s obvious passion for the game and leadership skills that has seen the club further invest in her with promotion to the Technical Director’s position. Chelsea is currently studying for her FFA ‘B’ licence which requires about 100 hours of study and several trips to Hobart.
Chelsea is a local girl through and through! Attending both Riverside Primary and High School and growing up in Legana, she is extremely family minded. Daughter of proud parents Rob and Jo and the middle of 3 girls, sisters Georgia and Amelia both having played, and in Amelia’s case continue to play for, Riverside Olympic.
Chelsea’s hard-working demeanour has carried over into the workplace, where now into her third year working at Woolworths Legana, Chelsea has recently been promoted to an Assistant Managers position.
Enrolled to study Bachelor of Design online at University of Sunshine Coast next year, Chelsea is a young person who is dynamic, humble, hardworking and positive.
She genuinely loves soccer and Riverside Olympic Football Club and wants to help other girls on their soccer journey. With the Women’s World Cup coming to Australia in 2023, Chelsea is hopeful that Launceston gets a training base for a country, further raising the profile of the women’s game here. ‘I’d love it if we got to host Sweden!’ added Chelsea.
Like many young people, Chelsea’s life and plans were certainly impacted by COVID, but rather than feel sorry for herself she has embraced the challenge and one way, or another seems destined to be a leader in sport, the workplace and society.