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Sporting Schools School Yard to Sports Star: Caprice Dydasco

Caprice Dydasco from Newcastle Jets FC

Image: Caprice Dydasco, Newcastle Jets FC

Do you remember your first goal, score or win when you played school sport and how did it feel?

My first win for school soccer was when I played for Sacred Hearts Academy in the 7th grade.  This was the first year my school had ever had a soccer team because we never had enough girls to play. So, this first win was very special because it wasn’t only our first win of our season, but also the first win for girls’ soccer in the school’s history.  It was such an awesome feeling to win for something bigger than just our team. 


What’s your fondest memory of playing sport at school?

My fondest memory of playing sport at school was when we won the State Championships in my senior year (12th grade) of high school. We won in shootouts and I was fortunate enough to score the winning goal. It was such a great feeling to leave high school as a state champion, knowing it was a great team effort and well deserved. 


How old were you when it ‘clicked’ that you wanted to be a professional sports player?

When I was 7 years old I knew I wanted to become a professional soccer player. I was sitting in my living room with my soccer team watching the US National Team play in 1999 World Cup Championship game.  After they won, I instantly knew I wanted to be a professional soccer player and be a part of the national team.  


What are your top three tips to children about playing sport?

  1. I believe it’s important to try all the different sports out there to find out what you enjoy most, and it might not always be the sport that you are naturally good at.
  2. I also think it’s important to know that being good at a particular sport takes a lot of commitment and sacrifice. You have to be willing to work on your time to work on certain skills. Only working hard at practice is not good enough. 
  3. Lastly and most importantly, you have to remember to always have fun, no matter what.

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