Fremantle Coastal Sharks players take state netball duty in their stride

Jess Penny, Brittany Turnbull, Grace Parker, Emma Kosh. Natalie Bright.
Jess Penny, Brittany Turnbull, Grace Parker, Emma Kosh. Natalie Bright.

JUGGLING life, study and playing for the Western Sting state netball team is pretty standard for Fremantle Coastal Sharks players Grace Parker and Brittany Turnbull.

Nursing student Grace Parker said she had only been playing netball for three years.

“I joined netball in 2015, previously I had played basketball for over 10 years,” she said.

“I started playing in a country league team in Victoria, I was over the politics and lifestyle of basketball.

“I was looking for a new sport outlet that I would really be able to enjoy and I chose netball.”

Parker said this was the first time the she had been selected for the Western Sting.

“I was very excited when I found out, I am beyond excited for the year ahead,” she said.

“Coming from Victoria and missing state league trials last year led to me playing in the reserves competition.

“I was definitely very surprised and excited when I was selected for the team.

“We train five times a week including a 5.45am Monday morning which are the hardest.”

Brittany Turnbull who was selected last year in the team said balancing life and training was very important.

“It has been something I have had to learn and adjust too as I’ve become older,” she said.

“I am studying physiotherapy and I’m in my final year so I’m on prac from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

“I have a job I try and work one to two shifts, its busy, of course but I think I’m lucky to love what I do.

“This year my focus is to have a consistent and solid season with the Sting and to graduate from physio.”