It’s not the hours you put in – it’s what you put into the hours.
Netballer Natalie Sligar is living proof of that.
The St Patrick's College Campbelltown student has just been picked to represent NSW –the highest level possible for her age – after five days of gruelling trials.
She will in April compete as part of the NSW U/17 team, taking on some of the best rising stars in Australia.
And, helping her on her way with a $500 prize, the Campbelltown Catholic Club has named her the latest winner of its monthly Sports Hot Shot award.
Natalie was thrilled at the news and thanked the Club for its support.
“The money will certainly come in handy with flights to Adelaide, shoes, equipment, etc,” she said.
Her proud mum, Julie, said on and off the court, Natalie sets high standards for herself which in turn motivates her team mates.
“She attends training three times a week and works on her fitness and goal shooting skills every day,” Julie said. “She displays grace, determination, persistence and passion.”
Natalie is a netball umpire and the coach of an Under 8 Net Set Go team at Camden and District Netball Association.
Apart from her state team selection, her 2017 achievements include being Camden Netball Association Under 15 representative team captain, selection into the South West Sydney Academy of Sport netball program and recipient of the SWSAS Netball Athlete of the Year Award.
Not to mention being part of an U/15 team that won the Silver Medal at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.
But even more amazing is the fact that Natalie is not alone!
Her supportive twin sister, Amy, is just as talented on the court and was part of an Australian U/15 netball team last year. Both hope to play at the elite level one day.
In Adelaide, Natalie will be playing as goal attack, wing attack, or shooter.
We wish her well.
The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month. It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. Simply click here and share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘Sports Hot Shot’. Every month the Club will’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry. Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
Article and Photography by Jeff McGill
Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club.Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.