NETBALL: ONE phone call and Shenae Grant's 2017 just got a whole lot busier.
Grant received a call on Tuesday, informing her that she had made the Queensland Fusion side, a side that is part of the Australian Netball League and acts as feeder to the Firebirds. "They had announced the team earlier but had a few spots open and I got one,” she said.
"That's the Australia National League and I will get to play all around the country, it should be good.
"Training for that will take priority over Under-19 Queensland team, we're in a squad in U19 and they cut us in February for a team to go to nationals.
"So it will be a busy year between Fusion, Under-19 and the Jags.”
This year Grant will be playing netball at a national, state and regional level when she dons team colours for the Queensland Fusion, the Under-19 state team and the Golden South Jaguars.
"I've achieved more than I thought I would,” she said.
"Under-17 was the biggest step but now Fusion is, I didn't expect that one.”
Grant starts her training with Fusion tomorrow and is excited to get the year started.
"'Cause I'm one of the youngest, it will be a fight for time on the court,” she said. "But age is no barrier, I just need to make the most of my time on the court.”
For the 17-year-old who has just finished Year 12, Grant had to make the tough decision to move away from home for the final year of high school. While her parents are still based in Emerald, Grant moved to the Gold Coast at the end of Year 11 with the aim to further her netball.
"It was a bit weird at first but it was for netball and it's paid off,” she said.
"I live with Anna Young, who used to do netball here; she took me in at her place down there.
"She said I had to move to have a proper crack at netball.
"She definitely has helped, she was my school coach so gave me pointers of where I needed to be.”
Grant had her time on the court ticking over in 2016, playing for Golden South Jaguars.
"I played a season with them and it all linked in when I made the Under-17 Queensland team,” she said.
Her goal was selection on the Queensland Under-17, which had training three times a week plus games.
"So that would've been impossible if I was living here,” she said.
"I was training most days, if not all, with the occasional day off on Sunday.”
Grant's new goal is securing a place on the Queensland Firebirds team but her focus is finding a job to fit around her training schedule.
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