Run­ning with the Wolves – at 12

‘DE­TER­MINED’ HOOPS TAL­ENT

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TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Cath­leah Graza has only been play­ing bas­ket­ball with the St Clair Wolves for 18 months but she has al­ready made an im­pres­sion on the coaches.

The Rooty Hill player has been nom­i­nated for a Young Sport­ing Spirit award.

Wolves head coach Thomas Reid de­scribed Cath­leah as hav­ing a “coach­able at­ti­tude” which earned her a lead­ing spot on the Pen­rith Pan­thers de­vel­op­ment squad.

“Cath­leah started play­ing un­der-12s bas­ket­ball at the club level and il­lus­trated great skills for a be­gin­ner,” Reid said.

“Prior to the end of the sea­son she at­tended Pen­rith Pan­thers rep tri­als for un­der-14s girls and was se- lected in the de­vel­op­ment team.

“How­ever, dur­ing the pre­sea­son, Cath­leah il­lus­trated a coach­able at­ti­tude and hard work. She was then se­lected on the full squad and is one of the lead­ing play­ers on the ros­ter.”

Cath­leah’s mother Cather­ine Graza said her daugh­ter was “de­ter­mined”. “One thing I know about her is she never gives up,” she said.

Cath­leah said she had played net­ball at school but hav­ing to stand still when she had the ball frus­trated her.

“I used to play net­ball but you can’t re­ally move around the court,” Cath­leah said.

“In bas­ket­ball, you can go all over the place.”

Cath­leah, who is usu­ally point guard or shoot­ing guard, said she wanted to be like NBA star Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Cath­leah Graza, 12, is a ris­ing tal­ent in bas­ket­ball.

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