Alexander the great visits Bundaberg
THE confetti rained down in the stadium as 16,849 netball fans applauded the Australian Diamonds as they were presented with winner's trophy at the 2015 World Championships in Sydney.
Standing to one side, giving the players a chance to soak up the glory, was the team's coach Lisa Alexander.
The thrill of seeing the team win its third-straight world title was still fresh in Alexander's mind as she visited Bundaberg to guide players who have the dream of one day wearing the green and gold of their country.
Alexander was at Brothers Sports Club mentoring the club's junior netball players thanks to a grant awarded though ANZ Netball Nation and she said it was great to get back to the grassroots of the sport.
"I loved these clinics in the country - this was what it was about," Alexander said as she looked over the club's league field and cricket nets.
"That was what I reminded our players about all the time.
"My sporting roots started in a cricket club, and that was what it was all about."
Alexander said her Diamonds are reminded before every game they are representing not only their country, but every netballer around the country.
And the goal of the clinic with the Brothers juniors was to give them the skills to play at a higher level and enjoy the excitement of winning like the national squad does.
In her junior years as a players Alexander won five-consecutive premierships in Under-10 to U15, giving her a taste for success she still hungers for.
Alexander took the players through drills that will improve every aspect of their game, along with mentoring them about the importance of teamwork in netball.
The grant through ANZ Netball Nation was won on the strength of a video made by Brothers junior Charlotte Boge, who wanted to show appreciation to her coaches and teammates who she spent so much time with each season.
In her second year of playing netball Charlotte has developed the same love of the sport which grabbed hold of Alexander all those years ago, and the time Charlotte spent with Alexander will only strengthen the desire to play the sport.
Charlotte and her Brothers Blizzards teammates will play the biggest game of the year Saturday in a preliminary-final clash with Natives and she hoped to take a few things from Alexander's visit into the match that will give her the upper hand.
Charlotte was excited to be coached by Alexander and before the session had started she was thankful for the opportunity.
"Thank you so much for coming, it had been really cool that you came down to coach us," Charlotte said.