Toowoomba Saints netballer Mia Stower dreams of one day hitting the court for the Australian Diamonds and she has the perfect mentor to steer her on the path to achieving this goal… her Mum.
The Netball Queensland Regional Academy athlete will head to New Zealand in April to compete in the International Schoolgirls Netball Competition in her first taste of wearing the green and gold after the talented netballer was selected in the 15 years Australian Schoolgirls team.
The Centenary Heights State High School year 9 student helped Queensland to a bronze medal shooting 29 of Queensland’s 44 goals in the third-place play-off against Western Australia.
The 14-year-old star shooter is excited to have the opportunity to go up against some of the best young netballers in the world and is following in her mother’s footsteps.
“I’m pretty excited as I didn’t expect to be selected so I was pretty shocked,” Mia said.
“I have been playing netball since I was two-years-old. My Mum got me started and I want to play for the Firebirds and hopefully the Diamonds one day.”
Representing Australia in netball at the elite level certainly runs in the family with her mum, Rebecca, also donning the green and gold representing Australia at the U19 level.
“I am very proud of her, still a bit shocked she got selected as she is that year younger but she had a really good tournament, so it is really exciting,” Rebecca said.
Rebecca also came through the Netball Queensland pathways playing locally in Toowoomba for Panthers and representing Queensland in the U17, U19 and U21 state teams, and was a scholarship holder at the AIS and part of the Firebirds squad in 1997.
The sport certainly runs in the younger Stower’s genes, however Mia recently had to make the tough choice between pursuing the two sports she loved, Netball or Basketball but with such strong ties to netball and the opportunity to represent Australia, Mia’s choice seemed easy, much to her mum’s delight.
“She has just made her choice between netball and basketball and deep down I am glad she choose netball but I did not influence her decision at all it was totally up to her.”
The talented athlete recently competed at the U14 Australian National Basketball Championship in Balart, played BQJBC for the Toowoomba Mountaineers and club basketball at Spartans in Brisbane plus representative basketball.
However Mia’s selection for the National Netball team after a sensational performance for Queensland at the Australian 15 Years Schoolgirls Championship in Melbourne in July sealed her fate and has driven her to achieving her ultimate goal in one day playing for the Diamonds.