By JOEL PETERSON
Crusoe College student Jayden Cowling will represent Australia in test-series netballKangaroo Flat 16-year-old Jayden Cowling will be at the forefront of Australia’s netball rivalry with New Zealand in October, when he represents his country in a test series against the Kiwis.
The year 10 student at Crusoe College has earned a spot in the Australian under-19 side, to play in a three-game series in Auckland from October 6-14.
Despite the prospect of facing players three years older than him, Cowling can’t wait to hit the courts.
“It’s really exciting, I respresented Victoria at under-17 level in the national championships, and was picked to the national side from there,” he said.
Cowling goes to Melbourne to train every Sunday, plays in the men’s state league on Wednesday nights and in between trains at home, ensuring he is constantly kept busy.
“It’s hard to juggle them all with school thrown in, but the school is really supportive with it all,” he said.
“I’m getting ready to start year 11 next year at Bendigo Senior, which is exciting, but means I have a lot to do.
“I wouldn’t be playing if it wasn’t for my family who spend hours taking me to and from training sessions, they have been a huge support.”
One of those family members is Jayden’s sister Lauren, who is the captain of Kangaroo Flat’s A-Grade side in the Bendigo Football Netball League and gives Jayden the occasional pointer.
“It’s helpful to have [Lauren] around, but I don’t think I’ll ever be as good as her.”
Jayden is looking for some assistance to fund his trip, as his flights to and accommodation in New Zealand and Queensland for a training camp aren’t fully funded.
If you would like to support Jayden in representing his country, contact him on 5447 8092/ 0408 907 690.