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Grace under pressure with state selection

RISING STAR: Caniaba cricketer Grace Parsons who is the assistant FNC Renegades coach has been selected for the NSW / ACT team.
RISING STAR: Caniaba cricketer Grace Parsons who is the assistant FNC Renegades coach has been selected for the NSW / ACT team. Alison Paterson

TALENTED cricketer Grace Parsons is furthering her dream of one day representing Australia by making selection for the NSW / ACT Country team.

The 14-year-old Trinity student is off to Adelaide for the nationals championships on January 16.

Passionate about sport, Grace is also the assistant coach for the Far North Coast Renegades in the Lismore U12 Cricket Carnival.

Watching the Renegades at the Adam Gilchrist Oval in Caniaba on Wednesday, Grace was quietly ecstatic about this opportunity .

"I've been selected as an all-rounder so I'll bat and bowl,” she said.

"I'm usually a middle-order batter, around four, five or six and I'm a right-handed pace bowler.”

Grace said being chosen for the Country team means a great deal.

"I like cricket and playing with the girls, it's a lot fun,” she said.

"At Adelaide I'd like get a few wickets, make a few runs and maybe make selection for the Australian squad.”

Grace plays in her school's girls and the boy's combined years seven, eight, and nine teams.

"I've been playing cricket for about six years,” Grace said.

"About two years back I went to Brisbane for the U13 nationals”.

And she has her sights on a career in the game like one of her sporting heroines, Australian international Ellyse Perry.

Her mother Angela said the family is thrilled her daughter is making her dreams come true.

"She works very hard and it's nice to see her do well,” she said.

"It well be a great experience for her, everything she attends will further her skills and commitment.”

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