New South Wales local and GIANTS Netball shooter Kristina Brice has been called up as a training partner for the upcoming Netball Quad Series, after a late withdrawal for Stephanie Wood due to injury.
As a training partner, the 22 year old will be exposed to the Diamonds’ tour environment, providing support for the national team.
“This is the right time for us to provide an emerging young talent an opportunity to immerse themselves in our environment and learn what it takes to represent our country,” explained Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.
“National selectors and I have been carefully monitoring Kristina’s progress over the past year and believe she will benefit from joining our touring group. She has been diligent in her pre-season training and has performed well in pre-season matches.”
With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games just 16 months away, and Netball World Cup hosted in Liverpool in 2019, the call up puts Brice in a position to contest selection into the Diamonds squad.
“I think it will put me in a good spot to start looking into getting into the team,” said Brice.
“Being a training partner is where a lot of players have started from. Being able to have the experience travelling with the team and learning about their standards will help me to start getting my netball up to the consistency required of the Diamonds.”
Brice was a member of the 2013 Netball World Youth Cup Team alongside Diamonds Kim Ravaillion, Paige Hadley, Gabi Simpson, Gretel Tippett and Jo Weston.
The shooter was named 2016 Best New Talent in the Trans-Tasman Netball League after a breakout season and holds the record for most goals scored by an individual in an Australian Netball League season, set in 2014.
The Diamonds will gather in Perth for a pre-departure camp this Thursday, before flying out to South Africa on Sunday evening.
Photography: Narelle Spangher