Injury journey makes court star stronger
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“During my rehab I had in the back of my mind, you know, you’ve got to work hard to get what you want and to make worlds,” she said. “I’m so glad the Swifts did really well this year because I think I built with the momentum.
“It’s a tough injury to come back from but I think it’s made me stronger for it so I’m grateful for that experience.”
Hadley said she was grateful for the ongoing support from Swifts coach Rob Wright.
“He said to me, ‘That little Penrith girl that came over to trials and she was all by herself – you stood out and I knew you were going to be something special’.
“He was there during my whole rehab and I can’t give him any more praise. He’s a funny character and really makes me enjoy my netball.”
The midcourter recalled her younger years as a junior player in the Penrith District Netball Association.
“Obviously you hope that you’d be in the green and gold but I never imagined that it would come true,” she said.
“There’s always setbacks and challenges but I think that makes you realise how bad you want it.”