HAPPY TIMES: Toowoomba-raised Queensland Firebirds player Laura Clemesha.
HAPPY TIMES: Toowoomba-raised Queensland Firebirds player Laura Clemesha. Contributed

Semi-professional life balance is pretty good

OPINION - CLEM'S VIEW

WITH our new signing Erin Burger joining the club this week, it struck me how good we have it here in Queensland as netballers.

Take Tuesday for instance. Everyone had parked each other in at the gym car park.

Caitlyn Nevins was needing to get to work. Other players were late for Uni lectures.

In the scramble to get out, it hit me how cool it is that we are still afforded the opportunity to have lives outside netball and set up for life after sport.

While we'd love to be fully professional - and the sport is growing at a phenomenal pace - the current set-up provides a fantastic opportunity.

Our Diamonds wing attack Caitlyn Nevins still works two or three days in the podiatry clinic and she'll be able to step back in after netball without missing a beat.

It's also what I'm trying to do with psychology.

Once I finish netball I'll hopefully have a degree and go straight out into the workplace, whereas I know people from other sporting codes find that tricky.

Erin has just arrived from South Africa and was telling me how hard it has been to train with her work commitments.

In her words she has to put food on the table - it's the priority.

She's really excited to come over here and dedicate herself to netball.

She's reminded us how lucky we are to be able to pursue both the sport we love and our other passions.

As an athlete, we're lucky to have her.

To step off a plane from South Africa and play 60 minutes of high quality netball last weekend is outstanding.

After the performance she put out on Friday night, we're excited with what she can put on for her first home game in front of a Brisbane crowd when we play New South Wales Swifts this Friday.



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