KIARA College rising badminton star Katrina Garing, who notched her second-straight under-17 state selection, hopes to achieve her dream of representing Australia in doubles after she graduates from juniors.
The Year 11 student moved from the Philippines to Perth in 2015 and was picked in the WA under-17s state team last year that came second in the June Bevan Trophy.
Garing (15) won the 2016 Australasian under-17 National Championships girls doubles consolidation plate with Daphne Wan.
In February, Garing won the A-reserve women’s doubles at 2017 LiveLighter Kingsway Tournament with Bernice Teoh.
Garing said it was easier to adapt to the team because they have been playing and training together for 12 months.
“We are very close,” she said.
“I like playing doubles more and I will be playing with Bernice Teoh.
“I am excited to meet new people and I have not been to Tasmania before.”
The Dayton resident, who has been playing badminton since Year 4, said she expected WA to finish in third or fourth place.
“I am in the middle-average in the team,” she said.
“We have state training twice a week and we also train on our own so, maybe three to four times a week.
“(But) the other states are very professional and (they) train everyday.”
Garing said her short-term goal was to join the under-19s team but aimed to play doubles for Australia in the future.
She will be competing at the 2017 LiveLighter Autumn Tournament from April 8 to 9 before heading to Launceston, Tasmania for the June Bevan Trophy and 2017 Australasian under-17 National Championships from April 14 to 22.