GRAFTON'S star netballer Tahlia Goodwin is head and shoulders above her peers on the netball court and has once again been selected to play for New South Wales at the National Championships in Darwin next April.
Goodwin, 18, cuts a tall and formidable figure as a defender and has played in the state team for the past two years.
She made the representative side at under-17 level, before playing above her age to skip straight to the top side in the under-19s.
"It's pretty exciting to be in the team again, there are a lot of really good players competing for a spot,'' Goodwin said.
Hopefully Tahlia's frequent flyer status has now earned her long limbs a reserved spot in the emergency exit row, because she will be graduating to gold class very shortly given her busy training schedule.
Goodwin will fly to Sydney every Friday to train with the team.
"It's pretty hectic juggling school and netball, particularly when you have to travel, but that's why I've split my HSC year so I have more time to concentrate on both,'' Goodwin said.
The outgoing Clarence Valley Anglican School Captain has just returned from schoolies, but is already back at work completing her final three subjects required to get the HSC.
In between sessions at the Big River Squash and Fitness centre and hit-outs with athletics coach Terry West, Goodwin is completing her studies in maths, english and biology this time around.
"Most of the girls I'll be playing with in the NSW team this year played in the under-17 side of two years ago, but we have a new coach which will be interesting. Jo MacDermid has been coaching state teams for a number of years and I'm looking forward to learning plenty from her."
Goodwin is expecting to be placed in her specialty positions of either goal defence or goalkeeper, but is versatile enough to play plenty of other positions.
Her third consecutive year in the state side is a big stride towards her future goal of playing professional netball and following in fellow Graftonian Verity Simmons' footsteps.
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