Port Augusta has produced its next crop of up-and-coming netball stars as a group of local girls get ready to compete in next year’s National Indigenous Schoolgirls Carnival.
Four local netballers will be taking their skills from the Port Augusta courts to the Gold Coast having been selected for the Under 14 and Under 16 South Australian Nunga Netball Representative teams.
The tournament will be held next January in Queensland, but in the mean time Teraleyha, Shaniqwa, Shalana and Kaylanah will travel to Adelaide once a week to train with their respective teams.
Dead-eye shooter Teraleyha Coulthard said her decision to trial for the team stems from her desire to improve her game.
“I wanted to learn new skills and be more confident on court,” she said.
“It will be good to find other talented girls to play against and to experience what it’s like to play on the Gold Coast.”
Teralyha and Shaniqwa play in the same Railways team and often play against Shalana who is a member of rival club Vikings.
All three girls also play up a grade most weeks in Kaylanah’s age group.
Its not the first time these budding athletes have tasted representative success, all four girls have been members of the Spencer Netball Academy, have played at SAPSASA level and have competed in the Country Championships.
“We have played together before so we know how each other plays, I think we will be all right,” Shaniqwa said.
Shaniqwa was recently named the 2017 under 13 division 1 Most Consistent player and Shalana received the honour of 2017 under 13 division 1 Fairest and Best player.
The girls have received enormous support from their families and Kaylanah’s mum Taria said they will do everything they can to help their girls achieve their goals.
“We want to help them follow their dreams and be supportive,” she said.
“It’s not only important for the girls and our families, but they are the future of the upcoming young talent in Port Augusta — not just the Indigenous community but the community as a whole.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the girls make it to Queensland and the families will be holding fundraising events over the next few weeks to help pay for the cost of flights, accommodation, uniforms and other necessities.
“We are having a quiz night, we will be doing raffles… any support from the community would be great to help these girls follow their dreams,” Taria said.
“Any little bit helps these girls along their way.”