MEADOW Springs netballer Ella Sigley has been selected in the West Coast Fever Development team to compete in an international event in Singapore next month.
The selection caps off a stellar year for the 16-year-old Mandurah Catholic College student who was also part of the WA 15 and Under netball that won the title for the first time in 24 years in Adelaide last year.
For her achievements and commitment, she has been nominated for a Community Newspaper Group Local Sports Star award in the junior individual category.
Ella is committed to the sport she loves and travels more than 160 kilometres, three to four times a week, to take part in training with the 17 and Under Fever in Time state academy team getting up at 4.30am, as well as weekends for games.
She also has to juggle her netball commitments while studying for her ATAR in year 11 and was also in the Mandurah 15s and 17s teams that
won back to back grand finals in the WA Netball Association championships.
“I enjoy playing the sport, it’s like my escape from the real world,” Ella said.
“But I also enjoy the people that you get to meet throughout the sport and the lifelong friends that you make.”
Ella has set her sights on playing netball for Australia at the Commonwealth Games and win a gold medal.
“I also hope to make the under 17’s state team next year and make the 17’s Australian team after that,” she said.
Ella gives back to her local association to help with junior netball clinics in her spare time and helps with development clinics.
She still finds time to represent Mandurah Catholic College at a school level and in the Australian Combined Colleges All Stars team.
While maintaining her extremely busy netball commitments and training workload, Ella plays basketball in the WA Basketball League for Mandurah, training and playing twice a week.
Her netball role models are Natalie Von Bertouch and Laura Geitz.
“But my mum is my biggest role model and supporter,” she said.