On the couch

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - ALISON WALSH Kim Ravail­lion net­baller

My most trea­sured pos­ses­sion is … a lit­tle teddy bear I’ve had since I was a baby. The word that best de­scribes me is … te­na­cious. I’ve got it tat­tooed on my arm to re­mind me never to give up. My first job was … at Big W, in the fit­ting rooms. I also had to make store an­nounce­ments. My ear­li­est sport­ing mem­ory is … when I was about six, com­ing last in the 100-me­tres race at the ath­let­ics car­ni­val. My great­est achieve­ment is … win­ning a gold medal [with the Di­a­monds] at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow last year. My favourite smell is … [team­mate] Romelda Aiken’s per­fume. I al­ways bor­row some; it’s End­less Love by Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret. A book I couldn’t put down was … To­mor­row, When the War Be­gan by John Mars­den. Sports I like to watch are … ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, AFL and net­ball. The at­tribute most im­por­tant to sport­ing suc­cess is … You’ve got to have a re­ally good at­ti­tude to per­form and win in a team en­vi­ron­ment. It’s not the in­di­vid­ual, it’s the team. A song that forces me to sing along when­ever I hear it is … Bey­oncé’s Best Thing I Never Had. The ques­tion I’m most of­ten asked is … is your hair real? I re­lax … by go­ing to the beach at Burleigh [Gold Coast]; it clears my mind. My next chal­lenge is … to win the ANZ cham­pi­onships with the Fire­birds and make the Di­a­monds for the World Cup in Au­gust. My idea of com­plete hap­pi­ness is … be­ing with my friends and fam­ily and play­ing the sport I love. I’d also like to have my own train­ing busi­ness or gym even­tu­ally, next to a beach where I’d live with a beau­ti­ful hus­band and a golden re­triever in a du­plex, with my best friend next door. The point of life is … to live it to the fullest; you never know when it’s go­ing to end. And to take a few risks and have no re­grets.

I’m of­ten asked, is my hair real?

Ravail­lion, 21, lives in Bris­bane. The Fire­birds’ next home game is next Satur­day at 2.18pm ver­sus the Kia Magic. fire­birds.net.au

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