Spotlight on: Rachel Murphy, netball
IAS netballer Rachel MurphyCLUB/ASSOCIATION: Corrimal.
Why did you apply for an IAS scholarship?
I applied for an IAS scholarship because I thought it would be a great experience to be coached by top coaches who can each offer something different to my game and play with other strong players.
What is your pre-competition routine and how long have you been doing it?
My pre-competition routine is eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep throughout the week. Before each game, I do a high-intensity warm-up with my team and at the end of each quarter I focus on what I need to do or achieve during next quarter.
Who is your favourite professional athlete and why?
Mo’onia Gerrard and Madison Browne. I greatly aspire to be like these two professional netball players, because they are so strong, athletic and are amazing to watch on the court.
What is your best memory from playing your sport?
My best memory was when I first got picked on the rep team and had my first State Age.
What are the greatest challenges balancing school and sport?
The greatest challenge is making sure that I have enough time to do homework, fitness, practise violin and find some time to relax.
What is your biggest disappointment in sport?
My biggest disappointment was when I was younger and my team made it to the grand finals undefeated throughout the whole season and in the grand final we lost by one goal.
What are your future plans?
I would love to be a professional netballer and play for the Diamonds or in the ANZ competition. I would also love to have a career as nurse or a physio.
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