Peterborough sisters in fundraising bid for international soccer trips

TRIP: Bianca Wilkin points to a poster featuring her sister Clarissa Wilkin. Both Peterborough girls are bound for junior soccer championships in Fiji and Singapore if they can raise enough money for the trips.
TRIP: Bianca Wilkin points to a poster featuring her sister Clarissa Wilkin. Both Peterborough girls are bound for junior soccer championships in Fiji and Singapore if they can raise enough money for the trips.

Two Peterborough girls are bound for Fiji to play in an international soccer championship, but they need to raise $7200 first.

Clarissa and Bianca Wilkin and their mother Keren Wilkin revealed the target while promoting the trips.

Clarissa, 13, has been chosen for the South Australian under 14 team for the Fiji Cup from December 1 to 8.

Bianca, 12, would travel with the under 14 team to Fiji for the same dates.

The total cost for the trips is $7200 with each girl hoping to raise $3600.

Keren said they were appealing for donations.

"We come from a small rural community and the opportunity for them to take part in the SA squad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience," she said.

We come from a small rural community and the opportunity for them to take part in the SA squad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Keren Wilkin, mother

"We are proud of their efforts to achieve this massive opportunity.

"They have worked tirelessly to reach their skill levels and will work harder to improve and one day make the Australian squad."

She said the girls would represent Football Federation South Australia after both making it to the state and country championships where they were selected.

"During the season, they played and trained with their team weekly," Keren said.

"This helped with their on-field confidence and skills that have led them to be chosen in the squads.

"Both girls have played under the guidance of their coach, Julie Ocego Kingsley, who will be the under 14 coach and children's guardian for the trip, while Chrissa Pavlomanolakos, who is the under 16 coach, will travel with them as well." She said it would be the 10th year that SA had contested the Fiji Cup and both girls were asked to return next year.

Clarissa is also an air force cadet who recently attended a camp at RAAF Edinburgh near Adelaide and was unavailable for comment.

Bianca told The Flinders News that it felt "good" to be heading for Fiji.

Letters seeking money for the trips have been sent to Grey MP Rowan Ramsey, Energy and Mining Minister and Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan and the Returned Services League.

The Wilkin family lived in Queensland before moving to Peterborough about five years ago. The girls played under eight rugby league in that state in 2012-14.

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