Turnbull left for Melbourne on Saturday after securing a place in the 19 and under State netball team this year.
Last year, Turnbull played for the 17 and under WA state team, which made it to the grand final of last year’s national championships.
WA narrowly lost to Victoria, but this year Turnbull is hopeful WA can bring back the gold.
‘It was a really good experience, very different to what I play here back in Perth,’ she said.
‘The pace of the game was a lot quicker and the players are stronger.’
Turnbull, who plays wing attack and centre, has been juggling her training between the State team and the Coastals Netball region team, which plays in the open division of the domestic league, while studying physiotherapy at Curtin University.
Although she said the training was ‘pretty intense at times’, netball had been a dominant part of her life since she was a young girl.
‘I started playing when I was eight,’ Turnbull said. My mum (Karen Turnbull) was a very big influence.
‘She played at State level and coached a lot of teams; I almost lived at Challenge Stadium. She helped me get to this level.’
Turnbull’s ultimate goal is to play for the Australian Diamonds by earning a spot with Perth Fever.