This week we chat to South Canberra Netball Association athlete Natalie Sammons. Natalie has been through the netball high performance pathway, when she represented the ACT from 14 years of age, including an ACT Academy of Sport and AIS scholarships and represented Australia in underage squads and honorary teams.
We sit down with Natalie to hear about her 2018 season, and her return to the game after 16 years.
Position: C, WD, GK
How long have you been playing netball for? 30 years
Favourite netball player of all-time, and why: Liz Ellis, not only was she an amazing player with a lot of tenacity, she is also intelligent and a lovely person.
Favourite State League moment: I first played State League when I was 15 back in 1992. That year I won player of the series for both ACT Junior State League and U17 State League.
How do you spend your time off the court: I’m a single mum with three kids, and I own my own business as a small business improvement advisor. I’m also coaching one of my daughters netball teams and I am a member of the Netball ACT Board. I don’t really have a lot of time for anything else.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone keen to try out netball: Netball is an incredibly inclusive game which relies on every member of the team. The best thing is that you have to be passed the ball if you are on the court, no one player can dominate and exclude others.
Why are you excited to represent your District at the 2018 Canterbury State League Competition: I’ve had 16 years away from playing so I’m honoured to be chosen for SCNA. I’m excited to test my skills again after all these years.
Thanks Natalie and good luck for this season!