Buderim teenager dreams of representing Australia

Chelsea Macklin-Shaw, centre, has been selected for a national under-16 merit side.
Chelsea Macklin-Shaw, centre, has been selected for a national under-16 merit side. Powershots Photography

AFTER co-captaining Queensland's under-16 side to victory at the Junior Indoor Netball National Championships in Brisbane, talented teenager Chelsea Macklin-Shaw has set her sights on representing her country at the Commonwealth Games.

The Buderim 16-year-old was one of five Queensland players selected for a national under-16 merit side after the championships.

"We were actually undefeated," Macklin-Shaw said.

"We had a very strong team and all the girls did really well."

The goal defender/keeper did remarkably well just to make it to the championships after suffering a leg injury while training in the lead-up to the event.

"I actually tore some ligaments in my ankle a few weeks before I left, so I was on crutches and I didn't think I was going to be able to play," she said.

"(But) I went to physio Kurt Lisle and he pretty much got me off my crutches within a week, which was good because I was supposed to be on them for two weeks.

"So it was really good.

"I was pretty proud of myself with what I achieved, considering I didn't think I was going to be able to play."

Co-captain of Queensland indoor netball teams for the past two years, Macklin-Shaw dreams of eventually representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

She also has plans to earn a berth in the Queensland Firebirds squad, but her main target for next year is completing her schooling at Mountain Creek State High.

Topics:  chelsea macklin-shaw, netball, sport




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