High serve of suc­cess for Shay­dene

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

Shay­dene Be­govich keeps hit­ting them high.

The Mata­mata Col­lege year 12 stu­dent played in the U17 North Is­land vol­ley­ball team, coached by Andrew Kil­ham, which re­cently re­turned from a six-day tour­na­ment in Bris­bane, plac­ing sec­ond to Queens­land.

A high­light for the the team was play­ing in the sta­dium where the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games gym­nas­tics events will take place, as the Gold Coast pre­pares to host the ma­jor sport event.

‘‘It was an amaz­ing venue,’’ says Kil­ham. ‘‘This was one of the first big events held there.’’

The team played all the Aus­tralia states in the U17 top di­vi­sion.

The U17 team was only formed just prior to the Bris­bane tour­na­ment but Shay­dene says she was very happy with how the play­ers sup­ported one another on the court.

De­spite be­ing hum­ble, Shay­dene was able to ad­mit she was happy with her own per­for­mance as well.

‘‘At times you feel you can do bet­ter, but most of the time I felt I played well.’’

‘‘I was very proud of Shay­dene and the whole team,’’ says Kil­ham. ‘‘I thought we gave them (Queens­land) a hell of a match in the fi­nal,’’ he says.

Shay­dene plays in the Mata­mata Col­lege Se­nior A vol­ley­ball team and has a string of suc­cesses be­hind her, in both in­door and beach vol­ley­ball tour­na­ments.

Two such ac­co­lades in­clude trav­el­ling to Van­u­atu in De­cem­ber 2015 for beach vol­ley­ball, where she and her team mate Maya Dick­son, from New Ply­mouth, placed first.

She was also in the New Zealand team who placed first in a test series last year, beat­ing Aus­tralia.

‘‘I like beach vol­ley­ball more, it’s less pres­sure, but in­door is more of a team ef­fort and you have to work to­gether to get the points,’’ she says.

Shay­dene’s next big goal is to play at the Asian Champs in Thai­land.

As for long term goals, Shay­dene would like to se­cure a vol­ley­ball schol­ar­ship in the United States after she com­pletes school. How­ever she won’t start ex­plor­ing her op­tions un­til next year.

Shay­dene has also been nom­i­nated for Ju­nior Sportsper­son of the Year, in the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Sports Awards.

SUP­PLIED

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Shay­dene Be­govich played in the U17 North Is­land vol­ley­ball team in Bris­bane, plac­ing sec­ond.

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