Panther climbs sporting ranks
LIFE for this 17-year-old Frenchville Panther has never been sweeter.
At eight Alexandra Brady started playing basketball, at 12 she competed in her first state championships and now as she graduates high school her bags are packed as she heads north to play with Townsville’s Fire Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) team.
In two weeks Brady will leave her strong sporting history behind as a Frenchville Panther, to start the steep climb up the challenging sporting ladder.
And she has had an impressive year.
In February Brady was named the Frenchville Sports Club’s Sports Star of 2008 but said her proudest moment was when she played for the under-18 Australian team in South Australia in April.
She also captained the under-19 Capricornia team in the Queensland Secondary School State Titles where she led her team forcefully into a first place victorious win.
Brady then captained the Queensland team in the Secondary Schools Nationals earlier this year and placed fourth.
Some would think the next step for Brady would be to join Rockhampton’s Cyclones Queensland Basketball League (QBL) team, but Brady said it would take away some of her opportunities.
Brady hopes to get accepted for a scholarships college program in America next year.
“A lot of the good colleges have a rule if you play in anything that is semi-professional or paid you are no longer eligible for the scholarship,” she said.
“I will train with Townsville Fire for the rest of their season and then I will see if I can get the scholarship.”
Another ex-Frenchville Panther, Morgan Munson, left for a similar basketball scholarship in America where she competed in the Disneyland tournament and Brady said she has shown great strength.
Lara Napier, 18, played a strong season for the Cyclone’s before getting snapped up as a development player for Logan Thunder (WNBL).
Naomi Cage went to Townsville and played in the Flames’ squad for the 2009 QBL team and then trained in the WNBL Fire team.
Mitchell Philp left the Rockets in August to play for Monterey Peninsula College in California.
Philp also left a strong legacy behind in Rockhampton but said he was now living his lifelong dream.
The five basketballers have stretched their talents globally and Brady said the group was grateful of Frenchville Sports Club’s support.