International hopes for Dayes
A BLOSSOMING on-field career could mean entry to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood for a Grafton soccer starlet.
Kayla Dayes, 17, is likely to link with an American college in the coming months after working her way through an intense NSR trial process.
After outlasting about 140 girls at Coffs Harbour’s selections, Dayes was chosen as one of 50 to be interviewed by officials.
From there the list of potential stars was reduced to 25, all of whom have had their names placed in a hat for a college scholarship in the United States.
Despite the $5000 travel costs the experience will be a dream come true for Dayes, a right winger.
“I have always been a fan of the Hollywood scene,” Dayes, who is eyeing a deal in California, said.
“It’s my goal. I have played ever since I was little and my family is involved with clubs. I grew up in a soccer family.”
Dayes is hoping to study either criminology or physical education teaching when she jets off in August next year.
There is no fear factor of heading into the unknown.
“I always wanted to join the police force as well as play soccer,” she said.
“I’m going to be on my own but it is a good experience.”
She will start getting ready for it by linking with a local team in the social league in the coming weeks.
Speed and durability have earned Dayes her stripes with the North-West Queensland line-up in the past but this will be her greatest challenge.
“This (a US scholarship) is the furthest I have been with the sport,” she said.
“I have just been playing in weekend competitions.
“Hopefully I’ll go on to play for Australia.”
Dayes previously lived in Mt Isa and moved to Grafton with her mother five years ago to live in a bigger town.