National competitions for Mandurah Baptist College volleyballers

Nerinne Prinsloo (14), Louwrens Prinsloo (16), Josh Howat (17) and Shona Howie (16) have all be chosen to play for WA.
Nerinne Prinsloo (14), Louwrens Prinsloo (16), Josh Howat (17) and Shona Howie (16) have all be chosen to play for WA.

NOT one, not two but four Mandurah Baptist College students will don the black and gold in two upcoming national volleyball competitions.

Shona Howie, Josh Howat and Louwrens Prinsloo have been selected to play for WA in next month’s 2019 Australian Junior Volleyball Championships as part of the Girls U17, Boys U17 and Boys U19 competitions respectively.

Fourteen-year-old Nerinne Prinsloo is also representing WA at the School Sport Australia Volleyball Championships, which is currently running in Adelaide.

Shona said she was excited to get the chance to represent her state for the fourth time.

“I tried out because I thought it would be a great way to expand my skills and learn more about the sport,” she said.

“When I got the news that I had made the team I was overjoyed, I was so excited to be able to continue receiving the coaching they provided and be able to get the opportunity to tour with such a great bunch of girls.

“I have quite high hopes for my team, for the past two years we have won bronze so this year we’re hoping to come back with a gold.

“It will be challenging though as every state has made progress in the past year and many of the teams have similar skill level, so I think it will come down to whoever wants it most on the day and hopefully it will be us.”

Like many other athletes, Shona said her dream would be to one day swap the black and gold for the green and gold of Australia, something both Josh and Louwrens have already been able to experience.

“I think I speak for most athletes here when I say your end goal is the Olympics,” she said.

“Everybody dreams of representing your country on such a large stage, so to get there would be a dream come true.”

The 2019 Australian Junior Volleyball Championships will be held Canberra from September 29.