Addison answers Australia's call

Published 5:00pm 22 February 2024

Addison answers Australia's call
Words by Nick Crockford

Burpengary’s Addison White will pull on the Australian Indoor netball team colours for the first time after being selected for the national 15 and Under team.

The 14-year-old has the second of two team camps in May and will then fly to Auckland in July to face New Zealand and South Africa in the WINA Tri Series.

It is another sizeable step up the sporting ladder for the St Benedict’s College Year 9 student who took up indoor netball five years ago.

Her selection, announced during a presentation night, came as a shock to White, who plays at Northside Indoor Sport and Fitness, in North Lakes.

“I played for Queensland, but really wasn’t expecting to be selected (for Australia),” she said.

Addison White gets in some shooting practise at Northside Indoor Sport and Fitness, in North Lakes.

“It was a surprise. I made a merit team last year, but this is exciting.

“It will be a new experience and a chance to make new memories, new friends … and see snow (for the first time)!”

White played outdoor netball for six years at Burpengary Jets before moving to Collegiate and representative netball at Caboolture Netball Association.

The switch to indoor netball – which is faster and in netted courts – came “four or five years ago” and the former Murrumba Downs resident has not looked back.

Six and seven-a-side matches are between eight and 10 minutes long. White plays goal attack in Sevens and “link” in Sixes.

The Tri Series will feature both formats and White could have more than 20 games for the Australian 15 and Under team.

It’s a tough schedule and preparations started at the first training camp in Browns Plains.

“It was very intense,” White said, “three days, next level and painful at times. I’ll have a better idea of what I’m walking into at the second camp.”

White and her family are looking for fundraise to help meet the cost of the Tri-Series trip across the Tasman. 

Anyone wishing to donate or sponsor her should contact the Moreton Daily. Click here

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