Talented player ups her game for trials
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.