Tahlia Goodwin coaching a junior team at Grafton netball courts.
Tahlia Goodwin coaching a junior team at Grafton netball courts. Adam Hourigan

Rising star of Grafton netball

THERE have been some sore muscles and a few aches and pains for Grafton teenage netballer Tahlia Goodwin in the past 10 days, but she's loving it.

Two weekends ago the 15-year-old was at the Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen taking part in the NSW Netball Tall Players Program with 26 other players selected from around the state.

Last weekend the 180cm goalkeeper was throwing her body around the netball court again as she showcased her skills for the North Coast Academy of Sport's Talented Athletes Program.

And in between, she competed at the North Coast Sports Association athletics carnival in Coffs Harbour on August 25, breaking the North Coast 15-years high jump record by 6cm and finishing second in the 15-years age championship. Tahlia earned her spot in the Tall Players Program with an outstanding performance at the State Age Netball Championships in Blacktown in July.

She was the only North Coast player selected for the program and one of only two from division two, the division in which Grafton competed.

The program was a unique experience for the young star, who was Grafton Netball's 2008 A grade player of the year.

The squad worked with Sydney Swifts stars Catherine Cox and Rececca Bulley, leading coach Di Brown and a sports psychologist to improve physical and mental skills.

The recovery sessions were an eye-opener for Tahlia, with ice baths and alternating hot and cold showers used to soothe aching bodies.

“It wasn't much fun, but it really worked,” she said.

“We wouldn't have been able to train the next day if we hadn't recovered properly.”

In Coffs Harbour Tahlia made a successful transition to athletics winning both the high jump and the 200m at the NCSA carnival, as well as picking up third places in the 100m, javelin and 4x100m relay.

However, it is netball that has her full attention.

“With the athletics, I'm competing just for fun. I'm mainly focused on netball,” she said.

Tahlia will find out this week is she has made the North Coast TAP team.



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