THERE might be something in the water at Rossmoyne Senior High School.
A handful of students will swap their school uniforms for the black and gold of WA when they head to all corners of the country to compete in national competitions.
Among those selected to state teams are Vanessa Miller and Sarah Hasselerharm, who will both head to Queensland in August to compete in the cross-country and hockey competitions respectively.
Having moved from the United States eight months ago where she took part in the US National Junior Olympics in 2016, Vanessa said she was excited to see how she would do in an Australian competition.
She said running had always been in her blood.
“When I was about three I would run home a kilometre uphill from pre-primary with my dad,” she said.
“I did my first 5km when I was about six and have done cross-country ever since.
“I was really excited to have made the team because on the trip I will get to meet a lot of new people, compete against some great runners and, hopefully, make some new friends.
“I was also really proud because I worked hard to make it into the team and while I definitely don’t expect to win, I will do my best before and during the race.”
Sarah, who is also a talented volleyball player having represented Australia at the recent Asian Championships in Thailand, said she was excited to have the opportunity to represent WA in hockey.
“I am hoping to improve my game and make new friends,” she said.