Port's Young Citizen of the Year Amy Dufour wins gold at touch football world cup

TOUCH OF CLASS: Amy Dufour, 19, after returning from Malaysia as part of the open women's team which won the touch football world cup gold medal.
TOUCH OF CLASS: Amy Dufour, 19, after returning from Malaysia as part of the open women's team which won the touch football world cup gold medal.

A talented Port Stephens athlete may have found the answer to that age-old dilemma of juggling sport with work and study, which has eluded sporting and lifestyle experts for decades.

Still only a teenager, Corlette's Amy Dufour - an elite touch and tag player who works at a Nelson Bay cafe while in her second year of occupational therapy at Newcastle University - was rather philosophical when asked how she manages to shuffle all three pursuits: "Sometimes I wonder how I do it myself".

Could it be that the 19-year-old has set priorities, is extremely well organised with efficient time management and planning skills?

"Well I could do a lot better [in those areas]. I haven't really thought about it but I do enjoy all three," she said.

So, there you have it: enjoyment is the only requirement when it comes to lifestyle choices and sporting success.

In Amy's case, possessing an all-round athletic talent built from a love of running, hard work and sacrifice has helped. It's little wonder that the rewards keep coming her way.

Amy Dufour at the touch fields in Nelson Bay.

Amy Dufour at the touch fields in Nelson Bay.

Fresh from being honoured with the 2018 Port Stephens Council 'Young Citizen of the Year' award, the slightly built tyro has just returned with a gold medal at the touch football world cup played in Malaysia.

Amy was a member of the Australian women's opens team which went through the tournament undefeated, winning the final 10-2 over New Zealand.

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"To be fair the other nations are still developing in the sport. But all the matches were played in good spirit," the former Tomaree High student said.

"I enjoyed the entire experience in Malaysia, the culture, the food and of course the competition.

"The hospitality from the hosts was great and we were able to cope with the high temperatures [for one game the temperature soared to 54 degrees Celsius] and humidity with ice baths and massages."

As the second youngest player in the green and gold, Amy said she was fortunate to have her family in Kuala Lumpur in support.

"We also had great coaches there and being one of the younger one I was able to gain valuable advice from some of the more experienced players," she said.

Sport has been a part of Amy Dufour's life since she was eight years old.

"I have played soccer, netball, swimming, nippers, athletics and gymnastics but touch has always been my favourite," Dufour said.

"I love the speed of the game, the different skills required and making friends along the way. However, my biggest strength is my defence."

And it's not just touch footy in which Amy has excelled, she is a vital team member of Maitland ladies tag team competing in the Newcastle Rugby League premiership in addition to being a member of the NRL Newcastle Knights touch team.

"How she juggles training with university studies and work amazes me," Amy's mum, Shireen Dufour, added.

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