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Versatile Mikaelais going places

GETTING THE REWARDS: Summerland Christian College student Mikaela Pieniacki, who has been selected in the NSW CSSA basketball team.
GETTING THE REWARDS: Summerland Christian College student Mikaela Pieniacki, who has been selected in the NSW CSSA basketball team. Marc Stapelberg

TIRELESS Mikaela Pieniacki is looking forward to a trio of state representative sporting honours.

The 14-year-old will represent NSW in three events at the National Christian Schools Games.

After qualifying for the discus and shot put, Mikaela, who attends Lismore's Summerland Christian College, has now secured a place in the NSW basketball side for next year.

The Lismore Basketball Association player says she cannot wait for the tournament.

"It was awesome," she said.

"I have put in a lot of hard work and effort to get in (to the squad), so I'm stoked."

About 800 participants from across Australia will take part in the competition, which takes place at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast.

The six-day multi-sport event will feature four sports - swimming, basketball, soccer and athletics.

NSW will battle other state and territory sides from May 20 to 25.

Talented Mikaela earned her place in the basketball side after starring in trials at Hawkesbury.

An athlete and basketballer for most of her life, Mikaela said she enjoyed the challenges of both sports.

"What I like with athletics is that it is an individual event," she said.

"It is down to how you perform out there.

"With basketball, it is the team aspect I enjoy.

"At Lismore, you get great feedback on how you are doing and everyone is really supportive."

Mikaela is the latest young regional basketballer to achieve notable success in recent weeks.

Fellow association player Jess Anderson has been selected for the NSW Country Under-17 side, while Lismore sides also put in an excellent display at the Grafton Odd Age Carnival last weekend.

Mikaela said success was a result of hard work from all involved.

"Our coaches have been training us really hard," she said.

"We put in a lot of time and effort and have been playing a lot.

"It is really good to know that when you put in hard work, you get the rewards."




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