by Kristen Booth
MARIST College student Emmanita Paki has represented Queensland in a winning Under 15s touch football side.
After making the Queensland touch football team when she was just 12 years old, Emmanita has again risen to the challenge.
The national competition was in Adelaide over seven days, from December 2-9.
The Under 15 Queensland side played at least 10 games over the week, and Emmanita said her team finished first overall.
"We came first, and I was pretty proud,” she said.
"It was fun playing with friends and just enjoying it.
"I had played with them before.”
Try outs began in July and from there Emmanita excelled to each level before being successfully selected from Central Queensland to represent Queensland.
Only three girls from Central Queensland made the Under 15 Queensland team, Emmanita Paki, Sophie Duff and Laura Guley.
They all travelled to Adelaide earlier this month to compete.
Emmanita said touch football was her favourite sport and she plays for both school and club throughout the year.
"I hope I make the team again next year,” she said.
"It was really fun.”