Proud day for Pope

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

MUN­DUB­BERA’S Shawna Pope will join some of the bright­est young ath­letes from around the world to take part in this year’s Gold Coast Net­ball Car­ni­val from Satur­day to July 12.

Shawna has been cho­sen in the 14 years and un­der Aus­tralian Indige­nous Net­ball Team and will be play­ing in the po­si­tions she loves; wing de­fence and wing at­tack.

“My mother, Me­lanie Pope, trains me very hard, and five to six days a week we can be found at prac­tice,” Shawna said.

She has played com­pe­ti­tion net­ball since she was eight, rep­re­sent­ing Mun­dub­bera, Gayn­dah and the North Bur­nett net­ball teams.

“I am look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with friends and team mates who I played with back in Jan­uary in the Na­tional Indige­nous Net­ball Team.”

Shawna also wanted to thank her coaches, Mrs Whelan, Mrs Rack­e­mann and Aunty Carol Beu­tel.

“I know how im­por­tant it is to thank the very spe­cial people who have helped me on my jour­ney,” Shawna said.

Teams from New Zealand and Tonga will be very strong as they have been in past years.

It will be a great op­por­tu­nity to watch the world’s best net­ball play­ers com­pete on the Gold Coast.

TALENT: Shawna Pope with her team mates.

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