Right spirit recog­nised

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A young netball star has re­ceived a pres­ti­gious award from the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee in recog­ni­tion of her sports­man­ship and ded­i­ca­tion.

JES­SICA Lees has her heart set on rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia.

The Carey Bap­tist Col­lege Year 12 stu­dent en­joys com­pet­ing in sports such as swim­ming, ath­let­ics, beach vol­ley­ball and soc­cer, but it is netball where the young star hopes to one day pull on the green and gold and play for her coun­try.

Jes­sica is a mem­ber of South­ern Dis­tricts’ Zo­di­acs Netball Club as well as the South East Demons in the State League and said netball was a big part of her life.

“I love be­ing out­doors and push­ing my body to the limit,” she said.

“There are ob­vi­ously lim­its to me go­ing to the Olympics with netball not be­ing an Olympic sport. How­ever, I will con­tinue to dream to make it to the next level of my netball and any sport that comes across my path.

“I am will­ing to un­der­take any­thing to get to the top. I will take my body to the limit and hope­fully con­tinue rep­re­sent­ing the state.”

Jes­sica was one of 43 WA stu­dents re­cently recog­nised with a Pierre de Cou­bertin Award for Sports­man­ship from the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee for her ded­i­ca­tion to ex­cel­lence and sports­man­ship.

She said she was “so ex­cited” when she found out she had won the award.

“Of­ten a lot of the work is not recog­nised. Some­times it is nice to be awarded, that some­one has seen that hard work that I have put in over so many years,” she said.

“We all have our goals and mo­ti­va­tion that we strive for. How­ever, it is nice to get that ex­tra push and en­cour­age­ment to keep fight­ing for what we love and adore.”

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Jes­sica Lees wants to pur­sue her netball dreams as far as she can take them.

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