Tooker takes off for Thailand
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
GLADSTONE volleyball star Rhiannon Tooker is fast becoming as good at packing her bags as she is dominating her rivals.
The talented Gladstone State High School student adds another stamp to her ever-growing passport when she visits Thailand in May as a member of the Australian junior team.
During the past 18 months, Tooker has visited Taiwan and the Philippines as part of national teams and can't wait to see what Thailand has to offer.
"I am looking forward to going, this should be a great tour for the team,'' Tooker said.
"I was meant to be a part of the youth team in Taiwan, but that was cancelled so now I am part of the junior team.''
Tooker will be the youngest member of the Australian team for the tour, but don't think that fact is going to phase her.
"Most of the time when I have played in any teams I have been the youngest, so I am used to that now,'' she said.
Something else Tooker is used to is the Asian culture and of course the food which she believes will be a big positive.
"Plenty of rice and bottled water is the key,'' she joked.
"Asia is an interesting place and I think I will enjoy Thailand like I have Taiwan and the Philippines in the past.''
And as for the Australian team's chances ? Tooker was somewhat guarded.
"I am not too sure how the Asian teams will shape up, but Australian volleyball is being more recognised over there and I think we will be competitive,'' she said.
Before Tooker jets off headed for Thailand, she heads to Canberra for an Australian Youth Squad camp with school-mates Rhianna Byrne and Michelle Bridges and will be a key player for Gladstone High at the State Championships in Bundaberg.
See what I mean about packing her bags.