I grew up on a cattle and grain property in a small country town called Allora on the Darling Downs and my world for as long as I can remember was like most country kids largely centred around riding horses, motorbikes, helping Dad on the farm and exploring my backyard each and everyday which stretched for miles and miles…if you haven’t already guessed it – I loved every second of it! This was probably because I am the adventurous type, I liked to be moving, loved being active and always on the go! Growing up in a small country town also meant we were spoiled for choice when it came to playing sport, whether it was swimming, footy, soccer, tennis you name it you were able to play it and this was music to my ears as I was one of those rare species who lived to compete! Life was a competition in my eyes, I wanted to be the fastest at everything I turned my hand to and having a sister 3 years older than me meant that competition was everyday – unbeknown to her. I spent my early days indulged in swimming and athletics and as much as I loved to compete, I sometimes had the urge to experience what it was like to play a team sport.
At age 13 that day had arrived. My 185cm skinny frame had the netball coaches at my new school talking about getting that ‘new tall kid’ signed up to play netball. With all of my friends playing hockey, there was a small part of the idea that excited me but I could have easily registered for hockey until my older sister Carla came home with a pair of brand new Asics netball shoes. I remember thinking they were the most spectacular shoes I had ever seen and was adamant that I would sign up to Netball the following day to earn myself a pair of these beauties! That is where my netball journey began, on the wooden courts of the SCOTS PGC College in Warwick playing my first full season of netball. From the first game I played, I knew I had found the sport that I loved! It was fast, exciting and I didn’t want the games to finish. But more importantly I loved the fact that this new game I had been introduced to was a ‘team sport’. I had never played a real team sport before and instantly felt a belonging and connection with all the other girls in my team. No longer was it just about me but about others and working together to achieve a common goal!
I often pinch myself and think how lucky I am to be doing something that I love and that I am passionate about. I was incredibly lucky to have the most supportive and loving parents who played the biggest role in helping me achieve my goals! I am lucky to be living my dream and feel blessed to have experienced some of the wonderful things that I have in my career and am equally as excited about what opportunities lie ahead!