New Gladstone State High School of Excellence volleyballer Courtney Martin hopes for a Gladstone billet family for next year.
New Gladstone State High School of Excellence volleyballer Courtney Martin hopes for a Gladstone billet family for next year.

Bright future tipped for volleyballer

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THERE is just one thing stopping talented Brisbane volleyballer Courtney Martin being part of the Gladstone State High School of Excellence program ? a place to live.

The rangy 15-year-old, who was a member of the Queensland team this year is on the lookout for a billet family in Gladstone.

A quietly-spoken, but pleasant girl, the 188 centimetre Martin is sure to be a valuable addition to the elite Sharks, according to head coach Brian van der Weide.

'Courtney is a very tall and athletic player who made quite an impression on me at the under-15 championships,' van der Weide said.

'She is a left-hander which is a major asset and being a part of our program is going to help her improve her skills.

'We really want Courtney to get a place to stay as soon as is possible to help her fit into the program as soon as possible.'

Martin meanwhile is excited to be offered the opportunity to be part of what is regarded as one of Australia's top volleyball programs.

'It is a very exciting time for me,' Martin said.

'I love playing volleyball and when I got offered the scholarship there was no hesitation.

'My school in Brisbane (Browns Plains) wasn't really a volleyball school, so I can't wait to be part of an top professional volleyball program.'

Martin's arrival has been warmly-received by all the Sharks squad who know her well through regular battles at state level. People who are interested in billeting Martin should phone Coach van der Weide at the school on 4976 6118.

In more volleyball news, the Sharks are holding the second of their two tryouts for year eights in 2006 today.

The trials are being held at the gymnasium, starting at 7.30am.



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