Coffs netballer is highly commended
EYE catching performances at the recent state age championships has given the hopes and aspirations of local netballer Jessica Gordon a huge boost. Playing in Coffs Harbour's Under 15 representative team, the Christian Community student impressed State selectors with her efforts playing goal defence in Charlestown and has been selected to take part in the NSW Talented Athletes Program (TAP). "I was really surprised," the 14 year-old admitted. "We get to go away for a lot of training camps in 2007 where we'll get trained by NSW head coaches." One of those who'll be casting their eye over the squad of over 50 girls is the coach of the under 18s State team who Gordon is hoping to impress. "The expert coaching with the TAP as well as the North Coast Academy of Sport will hopefully even more better prepare me to try out for the 'Sprites' NSW netball squad," she said. Like all defenders, Gordon relishes the opportunity to play up forward and shoot but it is with a GD on her bib that the 'full-on' netballer has impressed since making her representative debut as an 11 year-old. She was selected in the NCAS netball squad nine months ago and under the watchful eye of head coach Tracy Robinson, progressed to selection in the Academy A team which took part recently in the Academy Games. "The netball was of a high standard and I learnt a lot there," she added. Already young Jessica has had the thrill of being taking through a training drill by her hero Liz Ellis. With the opportunity that she's been afforded, one day it may be Gordon whose career young juniors look up to.