Teen Chelsea Webb keen to rise to top in netball

RISING STAR: Mundubbera teen Chelsie Webb prepares to fire off a pass during a game of netball.
RISING STAR: Mundubbera teen Chelsie Webb prepares to fire off a pass during a game of netball. Noel Thompson

WHEN a sporty 13-year-old girl is almost 180cm (5'11") tall, netball and basketball quickly come to mind.

But Chelsie Webb said her height played no part in her choosing to focus on netball, rather it was her love of the game that prompted the decision.

"I have played all types of sport growing up, everything from throwing a discus to high jumping and I have found nothing as enjoyable as netball," Chelsie said.

"Even when my team doesn't win I still enjoy the contest and the teamwork.

"I would love the opportunity to play netball for my state or even my country one day."

While she loves netball, the former Sunshine Coast resident has also shown a talent for the game.

Chelsie was selected in the Sunshine Coast U14 representative netball team before her family relocated to Mundubbera.

The family moved when Chelsie's father, teacher Andrew Webb, was transferred to Mundubbera State School.

"I moved out here at the start of 2014 and my wife and two children came at the end of the year," Mr Webb said.

Mr Webb said his daughter excelled in most sports and he was very proud of her attitude toward teammates and opponents.

"Chelsie qualified for seven events at the recent district sports and has now qualified for five at the Wide Bay Championships," he said.

"I think her high-jumping ability has something to do with her height and her very long legs.

"Her middle-distance running is enhanced by the fact that she is super fit and she has always been a good sprinter."

This month Chelsie will represent the North Burnett at the Wide Bay Championships in high jump, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m events.

Chelsie is also part of the Mundubbera State School volleyball team which formed only at the start of the term.

"I have played a bit of volleyball before so I was excited about joining the school team," Chelsie said.

"Our team was formed and within a month we went to Toowoomba to play in a Darling Downs-sponsored competition.

"We came third in that comp and we are now training for the U15 Volleyball State Championships.

"Some of the girls in our team had never played the game before and after only four weeks preparation I think we did very well."

Despite her sporting talent, Chelsea plans to study nursing when she finishes school. She hopes to complete work experience this year at the Buderim Private Hospital or the Mundubbera Hospital.

"Nursing is what I intend to do when I leave school as well as pursue my career in netball," Chelsie said.

Topics:  central and north burnett netball profile

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