Chiara’s a shoot­ing star on the net­ball court

If you need a net­baller who can play both shooter and de­fender with pro­fi­ciency, then look no fur­ther than Chiara Sem­ple. The Te Atatu Penin­sula prod­uct talks with Ju­lian Raethel about her am­bi­tions when she leaves school and how her younger sis­ter keeps

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Grow­ing up was some­thing Chiara Sem­ple took to with ease.

When she first walked on to the net­ball courts she was thrown in the deep end straight away.

‘‘I was quite big for my age,’’ the 17-year-old says.

‘‘So when I started at the age of 8 I was made to play with 14-year-olds.

‘‘I was put at wingde­fence but I wasn’t do­ing much out there.’’

Chiara later switched to shooter and found scor­ing goals came nat­u­rally.

She still plays de­fender from time to time and cred­its her dy­namic skill-set to her par­ents.

But the Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School stu­dent ad­mits there can be some cre­ative dif­fer­ences.

‘‘Mum’s my net­ball coach and Dad’s my fit­ness trainer.

‘‘Dad used to make me run up the long stairs at Trusts Sta­dium and do bear crawls up the hills,’’ Chiara says.

‘‘I didn’t en­joy it and we got a bit frus­trated with each other but my fit­ness went up. That’s the thing when you’re younger – you think you just need the skills but you ac­tu­ally also need the fit­ness,’’ she says.

And with net­ball six days a week, Chiara will need it.

Her younger sis­ter, Sh­eye, has started at Mt Al­bert Gram­mar this year and has be­come a com­peti- tive train­ing buddy. Chiara ad­mits Sh­eye is keep­ing her on her toes and she doesn’t need an alarm clock most morn­ings.

‘‘Sh­eye will wake me up now, she’s al­ways look­ing af­ter me.’’

Chiara has had a busy year with rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­ball, in­clud­ing play­ing in Ade­laide with the New Zealand team which de­fended its ti­tle at the Tran­sTas­man Sec­ondary Schools Net­ball Tour­na­ment.

She will also rep­re­sent North Har­bour at the un­der-19 and un­der-23 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Dunedin next week.

The ul­ti­mate goal is to se­cure an ANZ Cham­pi­onship con­tract but this be­ing her fi­nal year at school she’s al­ready got one eye on univer­sity in 2015.

‘‘I want to com­mu­ni­ca­tions so be­come a jour­nal­ist.

‘‘I’ve grown up watch­ing Jenny-May Cof­fin reporting the sport news and also James McOnie who gets to be funny and also travel.’’ study I can

Photo: JU­LIAN RAETHEL

Sport­ing buzz: If net­ball doesn’t work out for Chiara Sem­ple then there’s al­ways jour­nal­ism.

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