Olivia stands tall in our state team

Olivia Lewis was named in the WA team after a demanding two-day trial. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d403753
Olivia Lewis was named in the WA team after a demanding two-day trial. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d403753

Six years on, the South Coast Baptist College student from Wellard is hoping her 182cm height will continue to give her an advantage when she plays at the School Sport Australia National Championships.

Olivia was one of 15 netball players in Western Australia selected for the Girls School Sport WA 15s State Netball Team.

The announcement was the icing on the cake for the talented 14-year-old, who has gone from strength to strength since she first picked up a netball.

‘I’ve been playing in the Rockingham Rep side every year since I was 10. But I was really surprised to be selected for the State team because I’m younger than everyone else,’ Olivia said.

After making it through a demanding two-day trial, it was revealed Olivia had been named a member of the squad.

Not long after, she received the good news she would be playing goal defence and goal keeper in the team.

Despite being up against more than 200 netball players at the trials, Olivia believes her defending skills made her stand out.

She has since been undergoing an intensive four-day-a-week training regime to fine-tune her skills.

On July 26, she will travel with her team to Launceston in Tasmania for the week-long national championships.

Although Olivia is quietly confident her team will be ‘in with a shot’ at winning, after the competition, win or lose, she plans on continuing with netball, in the hope of one day making the West Coast Fever netball team.