Sheylese’s ded­i­ca­tion, hard work is pay­ing off

Work­horse 12-year-old played huge 22 games over three days

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

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

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