Netballer?s future sparkles brightly
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
SPEED to burn and superior court awareness have 14-year-old Shaynne Ford primed for an outstanding netball career.
Ford's future looks bright after being the only Central Queensland player to receive a 2006 Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship.
The Tannum Sands State High student has made rapid progress during the past 12 months after initially being spotted playing Gladstone Netball Association senior division two fixtures by leading Gladstone coach Tracey Davis.
Aware she was watching a player of exceptional talent, Davis ensured Ford was drafted into the regional development squad and Ford has not looked back.
QAS regional training program head coach Lorraine English praised Ford's performances but added that 'the hard work has only just begun'.
'Shaynne has great court sense which is something you can't train in athletes,'' English said. "She's got great perceptual ability but also has speed to burn.''
English said Ford had "blitzed'' all the physiological tests required of her to qualify for the scholarship which is designed to promote the development of regional players with the potential to be stars of the game. Davis, who is putting Ford through weekly training sessions, agreed with English's assessment of the gifted youngster.
'It's her speed and agility on the court ? she's really quick,' Davis said. 'She's also very aware on the court and makes the most of her opportunities.'
Ford, who prefers the centre and wing attack positions and harbours a desire to one day represent Queensland and Australia, has taken the great news in stride.
'I'll just be looking to get through this year successfully,' she said yesterday.