Canterbury College student Jada Anstee, 12, has been selected for the Queensland school 12 years netball squad.
In order to be selected Anstee had to make it through three rounds of trials, firstly representing her school at the Beenleigh zones, then through the pacific rim districts team and finally the south coast representative team.
The 12 girl squad will travel to Melbourne for the national championships from August 27 to September 2, where Anstee will play goal shooter and goal attack.
Anstee had been playing netball since she was four-years-old and currently plays with the Macgregor zodiacs.
This was Anstee’s first selection past a district round and as she had recently moved into a different zone, was unsure how the other girls would compare.
“I didn’t really know how I would go,” she said.
Mother Sharna Anstee said her daughter had worked extra hard to make the Queensland team.
“She always gives 110 per cent and she really wanted it,” she said.
“I was just over the moon for her, you should have seen the smile on her face.”
Anstee has just started her home gym routine of planing and skipping, on top of her four training days a week.
“We came runners up with south coast and I thought they were really fast players when I started there,” she said.
“I find playing shooter fun, but I want to work on my speed and fitness.”
Anstee hopes to work well with the Queensland team at the national championships.
“There will be really strong teams there,” she said.
“I think it’ll be very fast and a lot harder.
“I do hope we can win it with the team.”
Next year Anstee hopes to make the districts team as she will be on the younger end of the selection scale for the 13 to 15 combined age group.
“I think it would be a good accomplishment to make the district team, but I’ve got a few years to make it,” she said.
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