Immanuel soccer player Kiara Rychvalsky, is thrilled after being announced as the Coast's player of 2020. The popular Year 12 student, also a surf lifesaver, has an Australian title firmly in her sights.The Nambour Yandina United player was announced as the Premier Women Player of the Year in Football Queensland's 2020 Sunshine Coast Football Awards and the Premier League Player of the Year in southeast Queensland's Football Community awards.
The Immanuel student and 2021 Sports Captain said she was shocked when she heard of the announcement.
"I thought 'wow and why me?' Because my team is amazing."
As one of Maroochydore Surf Club's up and coming beach stars, Rychvalsky has juggled surf lifesaving and soccer since she ran onto the field five years ago.
"It's a bit of a struggle sometimes when training and competitions overlap," said Kiara.
Rychvalsky said while very different, the sports have complemented each other.
"Surf lifesaving taught me how to run and being a fast attacker, is probably one of my biggest strengths in soccer, so the running is really in both of them and that has really helped," she said.
Kiara said she loved both surf lifesaving and soccer and didn't want to think about a time where she may have to choose one, but said her priorities have shifted to lifesaving.
After the disappointment of the 2020 Australian Surf Lifesaving Championship's cancellation, Kiara was more determined then ever to take out the beach sprints on her home beach in 2021.
"At the moment, soccer is looking good, but my main goal is to get that Aussie title in beach sprinting, that is priority number one," she said.