Saved by the ball

BYFORD net­baller Jac­inta Cooper has over­come off-court hard­ship to be named in WA's State School­girls' side for the Pa­cific School Games in Ade­laide.

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PROMIS­ING net­baller Jac­inta Cooper has Ade­laide in her sights af­ter she was named in the State Un­der-12 School­girls team.

The Byford res­i­dent will rep­re­sent the state at the Pa­cific School Games, which in­volves states and ter­ri­to­ries from around Aus­tralia and teams from 14 other coun­tries.

The de­fender plays for the Bletchley Park Net­ball Club and South East De­mons in ad­di­tion to her state team du­ties, which means she has a rig­or­ous train­ing sched­ule.

The job of driv­ing her to train­ing falls to her mother Re­nee, who also looks af­ter Jac­inta’s 15 year-old brother Jake, who has leukaemia.

Re­nee said she splits her time be­tween help­ing both her chil­dren and they were al­ready fundrais­ing to help Jac­inta get to Ade­laide.

“With Jake, we’re nearly five years in and it’s chronic, so he needs a bone marrow trans­plant and he doesn’t have a match, so we do a lot of that sort of stuff as well,” she said.

“There’s only just three of us, so man­ag­ing that as well is tough.

“All the sup­port we can get to get her there is ap­pre­ci­ated.”

To do­nate to Jac­inta’s fundrais­ing cam­paign, visit­inta-cooper-state-net­ball-team.

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Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d474322

Net­ball player Jac­inta Cooper.

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