AHLIA SUCKLING learned netball on the Nita McGrath Courts and played on a variety of surfaces and venues across the state while she was attending school in Dubbo.
Now the 15-year-old is at St Scolastica’s at Glebe where her solid foundations and skilful nurturing have come to the fore, culminating in selection in the National Indigenous Schoolgirls team for a major tournament that tips off on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Ahlia is on a journey she hopes will lead to the peak of her sport. Netball Super League, Super Sixers, World Championships and Commonwealth Games are all on the bucket list, but the extremely fit youngster has a level head. She knows achievements come through hard work and to that end is preparing herself for a busy few months.
After representing Dubbo at 13, 14 and 15-years levels, Ahlia was selected in the Australian Budgies Under-18s International Schoolgirls team recently. She first played for the Budgies two years ago alongside fellow Dubvegans Paycee Cubby, Mackenzie Roworth and Taylah Wilson.
She is no stranger to the International Schools’ Championships, having represented the NSW Echidnas over the past two years.
Ahlia is now playing with St Scholastica’s, Glebe in the Inner West competition.
The International Schoolgirls Netball Championships tip off at Runaway Bay tomorrow and run until next Saturday, June 2. Ahlia will compete against 11 teams from various countries including New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji. She will march proudly in her uniform for the official opening and closing ceremonies, watched by her mother Maricon and other family members.
The Championships herald in a massive couple of weeks with the Under-17s NSW State Championships – Division 1 (classed as Championship Division) – to be played over the June long weekend in Gosford where Ahlia will swap her national dress for the Inner West strip.
Then it’s back to the books, the training sessions and plenty of local matches for Ahlia as she pursues her sporting dream.