National delight for volleyballer Denzi
LOCAL volleyball talent Denzi Petry was training when she found out she had been selected in the national under-17 women's volleyball team.
Mum Michelle had got the good news via email but had to wait until after school to deliver the good news to her daughter.
The 16-year-old Gladstone State High School student has a big year ahead; she's hoping to juggling school, national representative duties and a part-time job.
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She said she had more challenges getting selected this time around; there was stronger and larger field to choose from.
"I was surprised because there about 60 girls and 40 last year," Denzi said after a week-long training camp in Melbourne.
"There were coaches from all around Australia as well as previous Australian players," the smiling and bubbly teenager said.
Denzi has worked under the expert guidance of Queensland coach Alex McKinnon and current head coach for School of Excellence Adrian Webb along with Brian van Weide.
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"I met Denzi and she is a really strong passer and it's great for Gladstone athletes to finally get national recognition," Webb said.
The team will compete at the Junior Women's Development Program Thailand Tour from April 23 to May 8.