ON COURT: Caitlyn Nevins competes with Lightning's Madeline McAuliffe last season.
ON COURT: Caitlyn Nevins competes with Lightning's Madeline McAuliffe last season. Darren England

Diamonds can be found in regional netball

NETBALL: From little things big things grow.

You know that Paul Kelly classic where its meaning can be attributed to Gladstone athletes such as Yasmin Ramsay who aims to make it into the Capricorn Claws' senior team in the Queensland State Netball League.

Queensland Firebirds' premiership-winning vice-captain Caitlyn Nevins is a born-and-bred country girl and she said where one is from holds no bars to what one can achieve.

Nevins, who made her debut with the Australian Diamonds against the Silver Ferns last year, was born in the Victorian town of Echuca before she made her mark with three clubs in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.

The wing-attack made her debut in the Firebirds' championship-winning year in 2015 after more grand final glory she experienced with the Melbourne Vixens a year earlier.

She also collected her third championship medal in 2016.

"Yes absolutely, it doesn't matter where you grow up ... you can reach the top of your sport if that's the dream and the passion that you've got," Nevins said.

"If you look in the Australian Diamonds squad at the moment, there are so many country athletes, so you don't have to just live in the city and grow up in the city to reach your dream."

Just like Yasmin Ramsay, whose mum Amanda has taken her across the width and breadth of Queensland for netball games and training, Nevins recalled her early years.

"I was really lucky that my parents provided me with endless opportunities and in the peak of my junior playing years through to Year 12, my parents would drive me from Echuca to Melbourne," she said.

"Three to four times a week, I would go to school, finish school, hop in the car with Mum and Dad and drive to Melbourne to train or play then drive home and get home by 2am."



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