IT'S the chance of a lifetime and Bree Rooney has seized it.
On Thursday the Mylestom-born soccer dynamo joins other young Australian women as part of the Joeys (pre-Matildas) squad for 32 days intense training and competition in Germany.
“It's so exciting,” Bree said.
“I only started playing soccer two years ago, when I began uni (Marine Biology, University of New England), so it's amazing to be asked. I absolutely love soccer - I only wish I'd started earlier. Going to Germany is a good stepping stone to possible selection for European teams... that's my dream.”
Since receiving the good news in March, Bree has been saving every spare bit of cash. Now the North Beach/Mylestom community have also got behind her.
On Monday she received cheques from both the North Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and the Recreation and Bowling Club to help her on her way.
North Beach SLSC volunteer, Kellie French, said Bree was a wonderful young woman, who was always volunteering for things in the community.
“She's here lifesaving when she's on holidays, she helps out with the Putt Bennett Fishing Festival in January - it's so lovely to see someone her age, so involved in their community,” Kellie said.