Star net­baller Paige Hadley’s first home is all aglow

There’s no place like home when this star net­baller is off the court

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - Words Jen­nifer Veer­huis Pic­tures Chris Pavlich

Paige Hadley has been liv­ing with her par­ents her whole life but she’s fi­nally made her first foray into home own­er­ship. The net­baller, who plays for the NSW Swifts, says home own­er­ship is some­thing she al­ways as­pired to.

“I just bought this and it’s my first-ever prop­erty, a three-bed­room apart­ment,” she says of the prop­erty in north­west­ern Syd­ney.

“I’ve been a saver all my life. Mum and Dad bought their home and paid it off be­fore I was born. Ob­vi­ously times have changed but I al­ways wanted to own my own house.”

Paige, who grew up in the Pen­rith area, had been look­ing for a place to buy for 12 months.

She says she was ini­tially con­cerned that an apart­ment might feel too sim­i­lar to a ho­tel.

“When I’m away I al­ways stay in ho­tels and it doesn’t feel like home,” she says.

“I walked into this one and it was on the ground floor and I was like, ‘Yes, there’s no lift in the com­plex, the whole build­ing is only two storeys. I could live in this’.”

Hav­ing only just moved in, Paige and her part­ner are still set­tling in and dec­o­rat­ing.

“I re­ally like white and the Hamp­tons feel, with ev­ery­thing clean and re­ally sim­ple colours,” she says.

Paige says she loves the feel­ing of re­turn­ing to her own place and sleep­ing in her own bed after be­ing on the road with net­ball.

She’s mid­way through the sea­son with the NSW Swifts, who are hav­ing a strong 2018. She’s also in the cur­rent squad for the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds.

“I’ve made amaz­ing friends and met su­per sup­port­ive peo­ple through net­ball,” she says.

“I wouldn’t be who I am to­day with­out net­ball and the team­mates and lessons I’ve learnt on the court.”

Pot plant This is from my cap­tain Abbey McCul­loch. Abbey told me it was a friend­ship plant and to look after it and if I don’t we’re not friends any­more! So the pres­sure’s on to keep this plant alive.

Quote cards I’ve al­ways been a quotes per­son. I love play­ing net­ball but it’s chal­leng­ing, you’re al­ways try­ing to be the best you can be on and off the court. These quotes re­mind me to look at the pos­i­tives and not the neg­a­tives in ev­ery day.

Pic­ture of beach I’ve never been a cre­ative per­son. We had a speaker come in and talk about mind blocks that stop us from reach­ing our po­ten­tial. He took me through step by step and I drew this, us­ing crayons. I’m re­ally proud of it.

Tea cups I used to stay at my Nan’s house and play with these tea cups. She re­cently gave them to me.

Spe­cial photo This is me with Maddy Turner, a team­mate from the Swifts. She moved from Ade­laide to play with us and we get along like a house on fire. She gave me this photo frame. The photo is from a Volk­swa­gen Christ­mas party.

Ball Net­ball’s been in my blood since I was lit­tle. My mum um­pired, played and coached Satur­day net­ball. It’s al­ways been a big part of my life.

Can­dle I love can­dles and I’ve col­lected them for a long time. I light a can­dle ev­ery night when I get home. This was given to me at my house-warm­ing.

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