Bur­ton joins world’s best

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal -

FOR­MER West Coast Waves player Natalie Bur­ton has been se­lected in the Opals team that will com­pete at the World Cham­pi­onships in Turkey next month.

Bur­ton, who re­cently moved to Mel­bourne after sign­ing with the Boomers in the Women’s Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League, re­cently re­turned from play­ing in Prague, Be­larus and Turkey with the Opals squad.

The 25-year-old played in the Ocea­nia team last year but it is her first year play­ing for Aus­tralia.

Bur­ton spent four years at West Vir­ginia Univer­sity, where she played bas­ket­ball and com­pleted a fi­nance and eco­nomics de­gree.

She signed with the West Coast Waves after re­turn­ing to Perth two years ago but is now seek­ing a new chal­lenge.

“I had two years with the Waves and just wanted to get out there and see what it’s like with other clubs,” Bur­ton said.

“I’m def­i­nitely look­ing to play fi­nals.

“The Boomers played fi­nals last year and they’ve got lots of their play­ers back, so hope­fully we can win the whole thing.”

Bur­ton said it would be tough to come up against the Waves this sea­son. “It will be hard be­cause they’re my friends and fam­ily,” she said.

Natalie Bur­ton will com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships.

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