Sheylese’s dedication, hard work is paying off
Workhorse 12-year-old played huge 22 games over three days
JUNIOR Sports Star nominee netballer Sheylese Haldane did more than her fair share of work at the 2016 State Age Championships.
The 12-year-old, of Ropes Crossing, played a massive 22 games over three days of competition and her effort won her Penrith District Netball Association’s Rookie of the Year award.
“I was a bit surprised,” the young centre said.
“It’s a big award. They said it was because I did really well at State Age.”
Sheylese plays for St Marys Leagues Netball Club and has been with the Penrith development squad since last year.
She impressed the coaches so much she was made cocaptain of the 2016 Penrith under-12s team.
Her mother, Theresa Haldane, said she was glad and proud to see her daughter’s hard work acknowledged.
“I was shocked but I had a feeling she would get something because she was one of the two girls who played every game for three days,” Mrs Haldane said.
“When she first started playing I didn’t think netball was her game. Then she went into the under-11s development side and grew from there. It was like something clicked and she excelled.
Sheylese’s first taste of netball was in New Zealand.
Although she is a loyal Silver Ferns fan, her favourite player is Paige Hadley.
“Paige played for Penrith and she went to my high school,” Sheylese said. “I just look up to her.” Rebel is the major sponsor of the Junior Sports Star