Heidi’s making it happen as One Netball Ambassador

_MCA9171LiThe theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is `Make It Happen’ and Western Australian netballer Heidi Wilson, pictured left, is certainly doing that.

Wilson, who plays in the Australian Netball League (ANL) and is an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, is spending 12 months living in Derby, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, completing her third year of training as a student doctor.

Wilson is studying a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle.

While she could be doing her medical training back in Perth, Wilson said she wanted to “get out of my comfort zone” and experience life in a smaller community and see whether working in a regional medical practice was something that would appeal to her.

“The exposure gained as a medical student in a country hospital is incredible in terms of responsibility, technical skill development and unique opportunities such as accompanying the Rural Flying Doctor Service retrievals,” Wilson, a former Queensland representative netballer and Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder, said

“Remote practice is something that is definitely on my radar after completing my necessary training in Perth. Involvement with the community is something that’s high on my priority list this year.

“It’s always hard to say where life will take you in five or 10 years and moving away from a metropolitan centre is always going to have its pros and cons. But, circumstances permitting, I think I could easily create a life amongst the red dirt.”

Wilson shifted across the country, from the Gold Coast to Perth, two years ago to start university and was quick recruited for her netball talents by the West Coast Warriors in the WA State League – going on to be named at goal defence in the Western Australian Netball League Team of the Year.

_MCA5890LiIn 2012 she played in the ANL for the Queensland Fusion before her move west and was part of the Western Sting’s third place finish last year under new West Coast Fever coach Stacey Rosman.

Despite initially grappling with the decision to move north to the Kimberly and put her State League and ANL career on hold, Wilson still gets her netball fix in the local Derby competition.

“My team has just been organised and I’m already hearing wonderful tales of team bonding trips camping,” Wilson said.

“I’ve honestly heard some great things about the program up here and can’t wait to build some new friendships and learn some new tricks.”

Wilson is excited about her involvement as an Australia Post One Netball ambassador this year and is looking forward to spreading the program’s message in the community.

“I place such a high priority on a sense of community, which naturally encompasses qualities such as diversity and inclusion, and I am completely head over heels in love with the game of netball,” Wilson said.

“The fact that I can combine these two passions and help to spread that energy to others in my community is something that I’m incredibly excited about. I’m well aware that studies have already indicated that involvement in sport can address some issues, such as helping to reduce crime rates and encourage people to engage in a lifestyle that is more conducive to their overall wellbeing.

“Although it may seem like a tiny step in addressing the difficulties faced by these towns, this role as an ambassador is greatly important to me as it means I get the opportunity to make even a minuscule difference towards a more positive environment.”