RISING STAR: Holly Bryant in action on the court.
RISING STAR: Holly Bryant in action on the court. Fairholme College

Aspiring netballer to captain at state

NETBALL: Holly Bryant took up netball at the age of six years old when she began to play in Gayndah.

In Year 10, Bryant began to attend Fairholme College. Now in Year 12, Bryant is set to captain the Vicki Wilson 1 team headed to the state finals.

While in Gayndah, Bryant played for the Gayndah club where she started off as a netter and kept going through until she moved.

"I eventually did a coaching course when I was about 13 or 14 and then an umpiring course,” she said.

Bryant is now off to the state finals. During the Darling Downs preliminary rounds, the team was undefeated.

The state finals will be held in October at Coomera and Bryant is looking forward to taking part.

"I'm a bit nervous because we haven't really had any competition this season. We have only lost two games this whole season,” she said.

This will be the first time Bryant will step into the captain's role at such a big event.

"It's quite nerve-racking trying to think of the right things to say to the girls, but they are pretty good and they play lots of different netball so they know what to do,” she said.

Bryant said the hardest thing as captain was keeping all the girls on track as they sometimes had too much fun.

"It's good to have fun,” she said.

Bryant plays goal defence, however she also plays goalkeeper at times.

Bryant said she started playing netball a year later than all her friends and was wondering what they were all playing.

"So I said to mum 'can you take me along to that?' and then I just picked it up, loved it and have loved it ever since.”

Bryant said she loved going away to the Central Burnett challenges.

"I don't think that I would have enjoyed netball so much if it wasn't for the people that I was playing with while I was in Gayndah.

"Without the fundamental grounding and coaching that I received in Gayndah, along with the environment and atmosphere, I wouldn't have enjoyed netball as much.”

Bryant hopes to continue to play netball after finishing school as well as study occupational therapy.

The coaching staff at Gayndah and Bryant's mum really prepared her for where she is today.

"Chris Duncan is such an active member of the club,” Bryant said.

"She always gives 100 per cent and has done since I was little. She doesn't look like she is going to give up any time soon but her passion definitely has kept the comp running.”

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