FIFTEEN year-old Chloe Russell from Scone is among three girls in the state selected to represent Australia in a 12-month under-17 national netball mentoring program.
Russell will join 20 girls who will be lucky enough to have the chance to be mentored by ex-Australian Diamond, Kim Green.
Green is one of Australia’s most capped players for the Diamonds – and was part of the winning team at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney.
The full year program by NETFIT Netball gives players the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles in October 2017 as part of a 10-day adventure.
Russell will also have the chance to showcase her skills in the USA international netball tournament along with her teammates under the expert guidance of Green.
Being involved in netball and touch football locally, the teenager attends Scone High School and plays representative netball for Muswellbrook.
The announcement has come as a welcome surprise to her family.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for her to learn new skills to bring home to her teammates so they can all develop,” said her mother Michelle Cummings.
Russell, who works part-time at McDonald’s Scone, said out of the few girls selected from New South Wales, she was the only one from the Hunter region.
“I’m most looking forward to playing netball with lots of new people and to learn new skills from Kim Green,” she said.
“It’s a pretty amazing opportunity; I’m so excited to meet her.”
The girls will begin their 10-day tour of Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 18.