Monique Clifton has been selected for the NSW under-17s netball team to play at the national championships in Adelaide next April.
Monique claimed one of 12 positions in the side as more than 300 athletes tried out.
She was thrilled with the selection because it will be her first time at this level.
“I was amazed. I didn't even make the second team last year so to make it this year was a big achievement,” she said.
Monique said she was excited to play at the national championships.
Having grown up in East Kurrajong, Monique started her junior representative career with Hawkesbury’s state age teams.
But she now plays the sport she loves in the Blacktown City Netball Association.
She also attends Hills Sports High School and hopes to one day be a professional netballer.
She said her favourite players were Kim Greene and Sharni Layton.
Greene has given Monique a few tips in the past, which the youngster has taken to heart and helped her development.
“She has always talked about resistance and determination, and I think a few of her talks have helped me along the way,” she said.
Monique said the fact she had not made the NSW team before was similar to Layton, who was renowned for being overlooked by selectors but is now one of Australia’s best netballers.