Name: Caitlin Gilliman
Caitlin is a soccer player with a “never-say-die” attitude. She has hearing difficulties so she has had to adapt skills in order to compensate for this. With a gifted sense of vision to read play ahead of where it is Caitlin has taught herself to play by shadows. Caitlin can’t hear anything from behind so she uses shadows cast by the sun to see where her opponents are. Her sheer dedication during the last 3 years has result in her co-captaining the U12 Qld Schoolgirls soccer team at the Australian Championships to win gold. She also represents the Sunshine Coast Premier League (Rebels) U13 side (2 age groups above her own) in both indoor and outdoor soccer. Caitlin strives to become a member of QAS which is necessary for entry into the Matilda side.
When did you start? When I was 6 yrs old. I had to play with the boys as there was no other girls to make a girls side up. I then continued playing with the boys till I was 10yrs.
Career highlight or biggest achievement? Qld u12 Shool girls soccer and winning the Australian u12 school girls soccer champs in Melbourne.
What is your dream? To get into QAS and be selected for my state and nation to play indoor and outdoor soccer.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero? Lane Beachley as she inspired me to 'never give up' and always rise above my setbacks.
Any other special talents? Surfing...I love to surf and I love my surfboard!!!
Favourite Music? Alisha Keyes, but mostly surfin music like Jason Miraz or Jack Johnson.
Favourite Movie? Blue Water High
Favourite TV Show? Neighbours
Favourite Food? Mum's Spagetti Bol!
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money? The grant will be so helpful as I will put it towards making rep sides in soccer(futsal and outdoor) and all the rep fees.Also I will be able to pay the rep fees for the rep training academy so I can gain skills in these training sessions that I can use to improve and strive towards the QAS and higher representative teams(maybe even Australian team).
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by? 'never give up' and 'always do your best'