Borrego becomes an Australian citizen long-held dream has come true for star goal shooter Carla Borrego, who has officially become an Australian citizen.

A ceremony took place at Adelaide’s Netball SA Stadium today.

Borrego, who has been with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship for the past five seasons and played a key role in the 2010 and 2013 premierships as an import, is now an eligible Australian player.

“I have lived in Adelaide for a long time now and I’m so happy to officially become an Australian Citizen,” Borrego said.

“It has been a long process to finally reach this point, and I’m so grateful for the help and support I’ve received from Netball SA, the coaching staff, my teammates and also my local MP Matt Williams.”

Netball SA, the Adelaide Thunderbirds and more recently Williams, the Federal Member for Hindmarsh, have been working through the process with Borrego for over two years.

“I was pleased to assist Carla and Netball SA in making Carla’s dream in becoming an Australian Citizen a reality,” Williams said.

“Carla has waited patiently for today and I am proud to welcome Carla and congratulate her on becoming an Australian citizen.

“Her contribution to the Australian community since first arriving in 2010 has been outstanding. She is a role model for many in the community including young aspiring netballers and other immigrants.”

An application has been made to Netball Australia for Borrego to join the Adelaide Thunderbirds squad as a replacement player for the 2015 ANZ Championship season.

The 31-year-old has been a training partner of the team throughout the pre-season.