Teen talent range shines

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Star footballer Yana Guretti breaks away from the pack with lightning speed.
Camera IconStar footballer Yana Guretti breaks away from the pack with lightning speed.

She may only be 16 years old but this young sports star has already made a name for herself on and off the field, with her natural talent and strong leadership skills.

Yana Guretti not only plays, but excels in football, basketball, swimming and surf rescue. She has racked up numerous MVP, All Star and best and fairest awards in her time.

When she is not at school, Yana can be found training hard in a bid to improve her performance and maintain her impeccable fitness.

She plays for the Harvey Bulls and said she has grown in confidence since day one.

“Football is an intense game, it is often draining and action-packed, but it is also so rewarding,” Yana said.

“One of the best feelings is grabbing the footy and just running as fast as I can, knowing my team mates will have my back if a defender attempts a tackle.”

The footballer said she loved chanting the team song after a win and was missing the club.

“Running on to the field brings so much adrenaline,” she said.

“During the game we work together, we trust each other and we have each others’ backs.

“If one player is down, the team will rally around them and pick them up.”

Along with football, Yana also plays basketball in Harvey and captains the Australind Swimming Club. She said her favourite swimming competition was Country Pennants, where regional kids battled it out for the top spot.

Yana Guretti takes a free throw in a game for the Harvey Basketball Association.
Camera IconYana Guretti takes a free throw in a game for the Harvey Basketball Association. Credit: Supplied.

Her involvement in the Binningup Surf Club helps keep her fit during the summer months. She said there was a competitive side of surf club which involved relays, running and flag races.

Yana said she loved being in the water, so it came as no surprise that surfer Kelly Slater was her role model.

The 16-year-old said her mum was her number one fan and said girls should follow their dreams.

“Dream of who you want to be and don’t let anyone hold you back,” Yana said.

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