Shot stopper going for gold

Goalkeeper Chelsie Coles has been awarded five tickets to watch the Olympic women's football

Goalkeeper Chelsie Coles has been awarded five tickets to watch the Olympic women's football

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A YOUNG goalkeeper has got her hands on tickets to the 2012 Games in recognition of her own “Olympic spirit”.

Chelsie Coles, 16, won tickets to watch the women’s football match between the USA and North Korea as a prize from the Speedwell Centre for her determination to do well.

Staff at the homing and hospital centre on Whitegate Drive wanted to reward her hard work which ended with her getting a place to study public service at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Watching the match at Old Trafford, Manchester, will be a dream come true for Chelsie, who is the goalkeeper for Blackpool’s Ladies Youth Team.

She said: “Football is my life. It has always inspired me.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience for me to watch the football and see my sporting hero Hope Solo play in Britain for the USA.”

American women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo has been an inspiration for Chelsie, who has played football from a young age and was scouted for Blackpool five years ago.

Since being awarded the tickets Chelsie has also agreed to be a mentor and teach football to young children at The Willows Primary School, in Kirkham, to pass on her skills and enthusiasm.

She said: “Since starting at the Speedwell Centre I have matured so much and I feel really pleased with myself.

“I know it’s good for self esteem to sometimes give more than you get.

“I’m really happy to have been awarded the tickets.”