OLD SCHOOL: Verity Simmons pictured playing a club game in 2006.
OLD SCHOOL: Verity Simmons pictured playing a club game in 2006.

Family influence a key throughout Simmons' career

FOR every successful sporting teenager there is a very patient and encouraging parent, and in Verity Simmons' case it is no different.

Her mum, Carol, has shared Simmon's journey from promising youngster to elite athlete.

Simmons still rates the phone call to her mum, after meeting with West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer, about her first contract, as the most exciting she's ever made.

"She was pretty excited too," Simmons said.

"I was probably speaking at a million miles an hour and probably had to repeat myself a few times.

"As much as the journey has been me going through it, she's the one who's copped all the phone calls of me crying or one extreme to another.

"It's just as much her journey as it is mine."

Simmons now lives with her mum in the Brisbane suburb of Hawthorne and has the support of her "best friend" through every step of her career.

Another group of supporters 4000km away deserve equal praise, however, with Simmons highlighting the help of Libby Robinson and her family.

"They have been absolutely amazing," Simmons said.

"The second year was a big turnaround for me with Fever and I think it is due to just going back to that family setting.

"Having my life sorted off the court worked out really well for me on the court.

"I really do have them to thank for that good season with Fever.

"They're still in my life now, I still go over there and see them. They're amazing people."



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