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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

MAKAYLA Hickson, of Emer­ton, is a win­ner both on and off the net­ball court: she has a heart of gold and her sport­ing skills are pretty good as well.

The 10-year-old has been play­ing net­ball for River­land’s Net­ball Club since she was just five, and she said her dream would be to one day rep­re­sent her coun­try.

“I signed up to play net­ball just to play sport and be ac­tive,” Makayla said. “I en­joy ev­ery­thing about it – it is just fun to play.

“I am cap­tain of my PSSA net­ball team right now and we have won every game this year.

“But one day I want to play for the NSW Swifts or maybe Aus­tralia.”

Makayla was nom­i­nated by her mother, Tina Hickson, for The Stan­dard’s Young Sport­ing Spirit award.

Mrs Hickson said Makayla’s ded­i­ca­tion to her team and to the sport de­served recog­ni­tion.

“Makayla suf­fers anx­i­ety, and has that much pas­sion to do the right thing on the court she can be­come over­whelmed,” Mrs Hickson said.

“She is an over-achiever who strives to take her team far, whether that be her school net­ball team or her Satur­day comp net­ball.

“She is a ded­i­cated player who can get the ball down to the at­tack­ing end of the court no mat­ter what po­si­tion she is play­ing – she has big dreams.”

Newslo­cal’s Young Sport­ing Spirit award is spon­sored by Si­monds Homes. To nom­i­nate some­one, visit ju­nior­sport­star.com.au.

Pic­ture: Phil Rogers

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