ALL SMILES: Cap Claws centre Courtney Wheeler with her Up Close Bolivia work group.
ALL SMILES: Cap Claws centre Courtney Wheeler with her Up Close Bolivia work group. Contributed

Getting her claws into Bolivia

NETBALL: Emerald's Courtney Wheeler is taking a different approach to Capricorn Claws pre-season training in South America.

The Rockhampton Leagues Club Capricorn Claws Open team member and 19s coach is in Jupapina, Bolivia, with a group called Up Close Bolivia who work to assist with projects around Jupapina and la Paz.

"I'm working mainly in a children's home to do sport activities but I'm also helping with other activities as well,'' Courtney said.

"I'm also helping out with local sports clubs, mainly soccer, because they love it but don't have the same resources as we have back in Australia.''

The Claws centre court player has fast discovered how lucky we are in Australia.

"We're lucky with what we have and we don't really appreciate it,'' Courtney said.

"I took an activity on the first day with two half blown up soccer balls but they had an absolute blast because all they wanted to do was play football.''

Courtney is also trying to keep her fitness levels up as her Claws team mates work through pre-season fitness testing and individual programmes leading into the 2017 season.Emerald's Courtney Wheeler is taking a different approach to Capricorn Claws pre-season training in South America.

The Rockhampton Leagues Club Capricorn Claws Open team member and 19s coach is in Jupapina, Bolivia, with a group called Up Close Bolivia who work to assist with projects around Jupapina and la Paz.

"I'm working mainly in a children's home to do sport activities but I'm also helping with other activities as well,'' Courtney said.

"I'm also helping out with local sports clubs, mainly soccer, because they love it but don't have the same resources as we have back in Australia.''

The Claws centre court player has fast discovered how lucky we are in Australia.

"We're lucky with what we have and we don't really appreciate it,'' Courtney said.

"I took an activity on the first day with two half blown up soccer balls but they had an absolute blast because all they wanted to do was play football.''



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