Tal­ented player ups her game for tri­als

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Promis­ing young net­baller Sharnii Lin­tern has her sights set on shoot­ing her way to the top of her sport.

The 16-year-old from Wai­tan­girua has made the fi­nal cut to trial for the na­tional sec­ondary school squad with hopes of com­pet­ing at the Trans-Tas­man Sec­ondary Schools Net­ball Tour­na­ment later this year.

Lin­tern is one of 28 girls cho­sen to at­tend three days of try-outs in Christchurch on April 11.

‘‘I’m ner­vous hard-out,’’ she said.

Lin­tern has been play­ing net­ball in school teams since she was eight years old, which she con­sid­ers her ‘‘am­a­teur days’’.

She has stepped up her train­ing for the up­com­ing tri­als.

‘‘Get­ting that call came as a sur­prise so I’ve had to do heaps of dif­fer­ent things [since be­ing cho­sen],’’ she said.

‘‘Dur­ing the time I’ve played net­ball I’ve never had to work too hard to make teams.

‘‘Now I have to keep my fit­ness up, go run­ning, keep a jour­nal of what ex­er­cise I do and my nutrition.

‘‘My trainer tells me what I have to do and tells me what I have to do bet­ter.’’

Lin­tern started play­ing for premier one grade net­ball at 13 years old for Kapi-Mana Net­ball with team mem­bers much older than her.

She even­tu­ally got used to play­ing against the same women in lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘I’ve al­ways been the baby in the team,’’ she said.

‘‘ The first time I played against Cushla Licht­wark [Cen­tral Pulse player] I was like, ‘Are you kid­ding me?’ Then once I got over that I was OK.

‘‘I just don’t judge peo­ple by what they look like be­cause you can never tell these days, I just take it as it comes.’’

Last year Lin­tern moved up to the Su­per League tour­na­ment, com­pet­ing against top level play­ers from across the re­gion.

She is not sure if in­ter­na­tional net­ball is in her fu­ture, but will ‘‘take it as far as I can, as far as my body will take me’’.

Sharp shooter: Sharnii Lin­tern, 16, made the fi­nal cut to trial for the New Zealand Sec­ondary School squad and will be train­ing for a spot against the Aussies later this year.

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