The 15 Years Queensland Schoolgirls netball team has arrived home with a silver medal from the week-long School Sport Australian Netball Championships held in Sydney.
With a semi-final win against South Australia under their belts, they headed into the grand final against Victoria, only losing by a mere three points.
The team started their intensive training three months ago, which included a range of fitness styles, including yoga, taekwondo and practice matches to help them prepare.
Coach Carynne Robinson was extremely proud of the way her players developed together and played throughout the competition.
“It’s definitely not an easy task being coach, but it’s also an experience I’ll never forget and something I hope to experience again in the future,” Robinson said.
“I hope the players can take what they have learnt on and off the court, as a bench player and valuable team member back to their club and association teams and teach other girls what is expected to make it to the next level of netball.”
“There is definitely a lot of up and coming talent going through this pathway.”
Nationals may be over, but the journey is just beginning for rising stars Mia Stower and Brianna Gregory-Johnson who were selected into the Australian 15 Years Schoolgirls team to travel to New Zealand in May next year.
They’ll be joined by Queensland teammates Rebekah Rounds, Sarapheinna Woulf and Nandis Els who were selected as members of the 18-player Australian Squad.
The Queensland School Sport competitions are an excellent pathway for school-aged athletes to represent their state and gain experience in a competitive and elite environment.