INDOOR volleyball player Jen Sadler, of Leeming, will represent Australia in Bendigo and Colombia next month.
Sadler said she was “nervous and excited” to play for Australia on home soil for the second year in a row.
“I’m nervous because you want to do well and excited about getting to play at that level in our own country again because prior to last year there wasn’t a competition here since the Sydney Olympics,” she said.
About to jump on a plane bound for Melbourne last Thursday , Sadler told the Melville Times an intensive schedule laid ahead.
“We go to the gym three times a week in the mornings and have a couple of three-hour long on-court session.
“We’ll play scratch matches with New Zealand and a college from the US.”
The team of 14 will play Cuba, Colombia and Croatia in Bendigo then 12 will go on to compete in Colombia.
Sadler first played indoor volleyball at Rossmoyne Senior High School as a bench player and said she was driven to do well, also training in beach volleyball at the Australian Institute of Sport.
“I don’t like losing and I don’t like not being on the court, plus its fun,” she said.
“We have quite a young team with quite an aggressive game plan to make us competitive.”