Louise Hanna, centre, double blocking with Chris Austin, right, against Chris Geary in the local volleyball competition held ev
Louise Hanna, centre, double blocking with Chris Austin, right, against Chris Geary in the local volleyball competition held ev

HANNA DIGS IN

By JENNIFER HUXLEY

LOUISE Hanna has written herself into Grafton volleyball folklore as the first ever player to be selected for a state representative team.

After being spotted by a talent scout at the Jacaranda volleyball carnival last year, the 17-year-old was invited to trial for the Under-19 Queensland state team.

Numerous trips to Brisbane and rigorous training sessions later, Hanna was notified of her selection in the team last week.

With only two years' playing experience under her belt, Hanna, who stands at 183cm, said she was thrilled when she heard the news.

"I had no idea what to expect, it sort of all just happened. I'm amazed," she said.

"The other girls on the Queensland squad are a lot more experienced players than I am, so I have a lot of work to do and a lot to learn."

As one of 24 members of the Queensland Under-19 volleyball squad, Hanna will be expected to travel to Brisbane every second weekend to participate in training camps.

With her first competition ? the Queensland Flaming Chalice Championships ? looming in May, Hanna said she was feeling nervous.

"I want to play the best I can, to prove I'm dedicated, but there will be a lot of people watching and I really want to do well," she said.

Two other young Grafton volleyballers are hoping to gain selection in New South Wales teams.

Chris and Rebecca Geary have made several trips to Sydney for team trials, and will learn their fate in April.

Grafton Volleyball will run fundraising barbecues at Bunnings to help cover these players' travel costs to Brisbane and Sydney.



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