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 Tori Aims High


During the June school holidays most students took a break and relaxed.  Not so for Xavier student Tori Bunyan, a talented and proud Indigenous girl who spent her holidays preparing for and then representing her country at a National Under 16 Schools Netball Carnival.

Tori was selected in the Australian Under 16 Indigenous schoolgirls team following a tough selection process and her  feat was made all the more amazing given that she was the only Under 15 player selected in the Under 16 team.

The National Carnival involved the best schoolgirl players from the various states of Australia and also included a visiting New Zealand side.  The Australian Indigenous team finished a credible 4th and for Tori it was a proud moment in an already stellar netball career.

Normally a goal defence or wing defence player, Tori was selected as a goal keeper and despite it being an unfamiliar role she took to it with gusto and received praise from coaches and selectors for her efforts.  Known for her hard but fair playing style on the court and friendliness off of it, Tori made the most of her selection and started in every game in front of a great crowd of supporters.

This carnival was the culmination of a tough netball road that Tori and her very supportive family have had to travel for her to follow her dreams.  Tori has attended a lot of carnivals to hone her skills and seek higher selection.  She was a member of last year’s Queensland under 15 Indigenous team and has also represented the Hervey Bay Netball Association at state carnivals where she plays in higher age divisions.  This has earned her respect for her ability despite being only 15.

For a young lady that has achieved so much it is hard to imagine that she only took up the sport 4 years ago to help a friend out who didn’t want to go and play netball alone.  Her then Pialba school principle recognised her talent one Saturday and encouraged her to play more often and the rest as they say is history.

When asked about her achievement in representing her country, her school and her indigenous people at the national carnival, Tori said that she was thankful for the honour and thankful for the support of her family and friends in helping her to follow her dreams.

Well done Tori !!!

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