ON THE TEAM: Mykel Smith and Kayla Geenslade are two of seven selected for the Wide Bay netball academy. Photo Clive Lowe / South Burnett Times
ON THE TEAM: Mykel Smith and Kayla Geenslade are two of seven selected for the Wide Bay netball academy. Photo Clive Lowe / South Burnett Times Clive Lowe

Girls off to academy

TALENTED teens from the South Burnett have been selected for the Wide Bay Girls Netball Academy.

Wide Bay Academy 2012 coach Shelley Naumann said five girls from Nanango and two from Kingaroy made this year's squad.

Mykel Smith, 17, Erin Early, 15, Katelyn Wolski, 15, Kayla Greenslade, 17 and Portia Jones, 15, were selected from Nanango while Kingaroy's selections were Taylor Crossley, 15 and Madison Nitschke, 15.

Mykel Smith said she was excited to make the squad for a third time.

"This is my third year making the academy," she said. "It was good to make it again because there were a lot more girl's trialling this time."

Smith said she had been playing netball since she was six and enjoyed the sport because she has made lots of friends.

"I also just like playing sport all of the time," she said.

The 17-year-old wants to make the state team this year and hopes the academy will prepare her.

She already trains three times a week and plays with the Caloundra representative team in Brisbane every Friday night.

Wide Bay academy regional administration Di Barrett said the trials last Sunday saw about 30 hopefuls with seven selected. They will head to Brisbane in September to play the other teams, scouts will be watching to select the girls for the Queensland team.

South Burnett

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