MOVING FORWARD: Ipswich Force and Queensland under-20 basketball representative Meg Essex.
MOVING FORWARD: Ipswich Force and Queensland under-20 basketball representative Meg Essex. Kate Czerny

State selection a platform for Meg's higher ambitions

AFTER medal-winning successes in Queensland and Australian junior teams this year, Meg Essex was in the frame to continue her representative development.

The modest Marburg basketballer has achieved that with another elite opportunity.

The Ipswich Force talent has retained her place in the Queensland under-20 side for next year's national championships in Melbourne.

In her first season in the same team, Essex shared in Queensland's bronze medal-winning performance. That was in Perth early this year.

Since then, she played a full state league season with the Force, gaining more court time and valuable experience.

"I played pretty well,'' she said, happy to be back in the Queensland team.

"It's good for me. More fitness and that.''

The downside is that Essex has received little time to have a break.

However, she doesn't seem to mind as she prepares to turn 18 on October 29.

"It's not too bad,'' Essex said, keen to build on her solid junior representative base.

After helping Ipswich make the state league semi-final in late August, Essex headed to the AIS weeks later to trial for the Australian under-21 side.

Although she missed a spot on that team, she remains focused on future opportunities.

"I can still make it next year for world champs in Russia,'' she said.

While all that was happening she was in her first year studying early childhood at USQ, Springfield.

When the former West Moreton Anglican College student gets a chance to relax, she likes going to the movies. She's managed to catch The Maze Runner and Step Up in recent weeks.

Before preparing for next year's QBL season, she'll continue training for the Queensland under-20 side.

That includes her own work following a national performance program set out for her.

Essex is also representing the Ipswich under-21 side which starts its Basketball Queensland Junior Basketball Competition series this weekend.



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