IT is an exciting time on and off the court at the moment.
We are in finals contention after another thrilling one-goal win over the West Coast Fever last Sunday in front of a record home crowd of 8500.
To ensure a position in the finals, we need to bring home two strong wins against two strong teams. We will play these matches in New Zealand.
Away from the court this year, it has been a huge focus for me to establish a balance between work and netball.
I have launched my netball fashion business, Jeanieboy.
My grandmother Jeanie, inspired the name of my business as she encouraged my dreams and aspirations as a little girl. This led me to extended my vision, initiating the Jeanieboy ACTIVE division. Jeanieboy ACTIVE is a healthy lifestyle program to encouraging young females to keep active and follow their dreams.
I absolutely love kids and I love helping young people achieve their netball ambitions. So I decided to complement the already existing pathway that Netball Australia has in place and created my very own 'Jeanieboy Dream Catchers Netball Academy.'
Dream Catchers has just landed a major sponsor, allowing a formal structured program that will be free for selected girls aged between 13-15.
With the help of the Victorian and Western Australian Police who are partnering the Australian-wide program it's designed to give young girls an opportunity to excel with the objective to inspire, promote health and fitness, and activate their dreams while having access to positive role models. This will launch in Warrnambool at the end of the year.
The academy is not all about netball and the selection criteria is not the average process we have seen in the past based on physical skills. The sessions will be driven by myself and other elite sports people and professionals to share their stories and leave an impact on the girls' lives. The aim is to effectively engage the young girls and support them to improve self-belief and to develop resilience and emotional awareness when following their dreams.
Head to www.jeanieboy.com.au for more details on the process of selection.
Next time you will hear from me I will be on a road trip in New Zealand, I look forward to sharing a few stories about our travels and what happened behind the scenes.
Tune in next Monday night on OneHD to watch us tackle the in-form Central Pulse.