Kristy makes big impact
By GREG WHITE
FIVE years out of State League basketball has Coffs Harbour Suns centre Kristy Goodman hungry to restart her top level career.
While still playing in the local women's competition, 24-year-old Goodman has spent the past five years gaining an honours degree in psychology while holding down a full time job.
"I've never been keener to play than I am at the moment," Goodman said during a training break at SportzCentral.
"If injuries stay away I'll continue to go around.
"Just as long as the body can take it."
Goodman came through the ranks with the Suns playing in the juniors from under-12's to under-18's.
But she may be at one disadvantage in her chosen position.
She's tall, but not as tall as one expects and obviously is giving away height to her centre opponents.
"Coming in at five eleven, I'm up against girls around six three or four.
"But often you can get over your taller opponent as you tend to be more agile."
Still recovering from last weekend's heavy schedule when the Sun's played a double header away in Sydney and Gosford, Goodman has no further State League commitments until late May.
"With North Sydney Bears coming out of the draw, the organisers are grouping the remaining into a series of weekend tournaments," she said.
"After the next lot of matches we'll be on standby till late July."
To keep from going off the boil, Goodman will go back to the domestic women's competition to make sure her skills stay fresh.
"Along with playing locally we'll be attending intensive training camps each fortnight.
"Having a routine of play one week, train the next, keeps you sharp for the rep season."
The Suns centre credits the encouragement provided by her employers of nine years, Woolworths, as one of the secrets behind her success.
"The company has been fantastic," Goodman said.
"Getting time off to play away and complete my studies has never been a problem for them.
"With a degree under my belt I'd love to progress with Woolworths, possibly in Human Relations or a similar field."
And with an 'honours' in the bag, it may not be the last time Goodman undertakes study.
"I'm considering doing a Ph.D.
"It means another five years on the books but if you're cut out for it, you do it."
Watch out for 'Doc' Goodman on the court for the Coffs Harbour Suns tonight.