Sister act: Dreaming of glory
I was so excited and proud of the girls when I found out, I was speechless I just felt like crying. I had a feeling they would get in but was still surprised. – MOTHER NIKITA MARLOWE
THE Marlowe sisters from Lethbridge Park are shaping up as a duo ready to take the world of netball by storm.
Janaya, 11, and Kaliayah, 10, have both been selected for the NSW Schoolgirls Indigenous Netball team.
The pair was selected from hundreds of young netball talents across the state to be part of a 19-girl under-12s squad.
The team will travel to the Gold Coast in January to battle it out against sides from across the country for the national championship. The sisters have been playing netball together since they were just five and have already started carving out very successful careers despite their young ages.
As well as playing for Didjurijur as part of Mt Druitt Netball Association’s Saturday competition, the girls have been chosen to play for the association at statewide representative carnivals.
The girls’ mother, Nikita Marlowe, said she was so proud of her daughters’ achievements.
“A friend of mine told me about the trials as her daughter had been selected last year, then I just took the girls down on Sunday to Homebush for a trial run,” she said.
“I was so excited and proud of the girls when I found out – I was speechless, I just felt like crying, I had a feeling they would get in but was still surprised.”
Janaya shared her mother’s excitement. “We were so happy, I was about to go to bed and then we read it online,” she said. “I was jumping up and down, I was so excited.”
Both of the girls are aiming high, hoping to one day be able to play for the Australian Diamonds.
“We go and watch the Diamonds play whenever we can, we would love to play for them sometime,” Kaliayah said.
Both siblings play in the shooting circle or in midcourt positions – Kaliayah’s favourite position is centre and Janaya’s is goal attack.
They will now spend the school holidays training alongside of the rest of the team at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush.
The Schoolgirls Indigenous Netball Cup will be held at Cararra Sports Stadium on the Gold Coast from January 13-17.
Sisters Kaliayah, 10, and Janaya Marlowe, 11, have been chosen for the NSW Schoolgirls Indigenous Netball team.