Student joins region’s best in North Coast netball program
THERE'S probably not many days when Courteney Watson arrives for another humdrum day at school with "the biggest smile on my face."
She did it recently though - and with good reason.
The 14-year-old has earned selection for the 2014 North Coast Academy of Sports Netball Program and has started training alongside some of the region's best young players.
Courteney heard the news via post from her father while on her way to school - and it certainly brightened up her day.
"My Dad called me and asked me if I wanted him to open the letter," she said.
"When he told me, I had the biggest smile on my face.
"I told my friends at school. They knew how much I wanted to get in, so they were happy for me as well.
"We've had two meetings so far and it's been brilliant.
"I love it."
Kyogle player Courteney along with her sister Bianca were picked from dozens of hopefuls after impressing at recent trials.
She is one of the youngest players in this season's scheme, which aims to develop the skills of promising teenage players.
The group will enjoy meetings over the coming months, overseen by top coaches.
A squad will also later be selected to contest matches against some of the state's best young players.
"I wanted to have a go because I enjoy netball so much and I want to improve," Courtneney said.
"I wanted better coaching to improve my skills and go further."
About 15 FNC hopefuls were selected for this year's squad, which will also undergo fitness and skills training.
Courteney, of Lismore's St John's College Woodlawn, was selected alongside older sister Bianca for the squad.
The pair play in separate age groups in Lismore Netball Association action.
"It would have been a bit awkward if only one of us had been picked," Courteney said with a smile.
"It's great having her around because it pushes me to try harder."
Versatile Courteney has been playing netball for about seven years.
"My mum played netball so I've always been around it," she said.
"I like getting to know new people and it's just a fun sport.
"I love the enjoyment of getting on court with other players and the competitiveness.
"It's just good to know that they think I'm good enough to go further and get better."
It runs from 8.30am - 12.30pm and all support is welcome.
BALLINA and Lismore players were back on court last weekend as action resumed after the Easter break.
Lennox Head Queen Bs was among the winners at Ballina, earning a nerve-racking 21-20 win over RSL ElectriX in the Cadet age group.
Lennox Head Unicorns (13 Years), RSL Dolphins in the 11-12 division and 9-10 Years side Headlands Nemos were among the other winners.
Meanwhile, Ballina's representative players are hosting a Mother's Day stall during this Saturday's action at the Owen St courts.
All monies from the event, which will include a barbecue, cake stall and other fun and games, will help fund the rep players' trips to the forthcoming State Age Championships.
It runs from 8.30am-12.30pm and all support is welcome.