Equipment theft can?t steal Lara?s aim at fame



ROCKHAMPTON representative Lara Napier is counting the costs of an expensive start to the season.

In just over two weeks Napier, 14, had her mobile phone, basketball shoes and bike stolen.

"It's really annoying, but there's nothing I can do about it,'' she said, taking a break from Rockhampton under-16 training at Emmaus College.

Napier can forget about another phone until she can pay for one. She is using borrowed basketball shoes and has "fixed up'' an old bike to get to and from training, because her family does not have a car.

Living in South Rockhampton, Napier's journeys to training include a one-hour ride to CQ Community Sports Centre and 45 minutes to Emmaus College.

She loves Hegvold Stadium training days.

"That's only about 20 minutes away,'' said Napier, a Rockhampton State High School Year 10 student. "Everywhere I go is on a bike.''

That must be good training, considering Napier is on the court or in the gym about 14 times a week for basketball and makes an appearance at Victoria Park trampoline training twice a week.

Napier had to make one of the toughest decisions of her life recently ? to pursue basketball or trampoline dreams. That's a tough choice, considering she has represented Queensland for basketball and Australia in trampoline.

"I can't do most of the trampoline competitions because I don't have the money to pay for it,'' she said.

"It was a huge decision, but I'll probably have more chances in basketball and there are no major international competitions in trampoline this year.



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