PORT Macquarie volleyball star Sabrina Lowe is ready for a tilt at the national championships in Canberra, after she was picked in the NSW team this week.
Lowe has overcome serious injuries to be picked in the under-17s team, even though she’s aged just 14.
The gun outside hitter - she’s yet to be told of her position in NSW - still wears an ankle brace, after jump shot practice went horribly wrong.
She was fine-tuning her skills barefoot on the road outside her house in Michigan at the time.
Lowe fell awkwardly - the camber of the road didn’t help - and suffered bone contusions and torn ligaments in her left ankle.
But she’s over it now, and will begin training on Sunday.
That’s in Sydney, and Lowe will travel to training most weekends, along with matches in Forster every week.
She also plays at her school, St Joseph’s Regional College.
Lowe’s mother Nerissa said she travelled 1600km every week, for her love of the game.
“She really does love it,” Nerissa Lowe said.
Excited would be an understatement. Lowe said she couldn’t wait to get to Canberra.
“Yes, I’m very excited,” she said.
Because of her tender age, Lowe can be picked in the same team again for another two years yet.
She’s also in the National Junior Women’s Development Program.
She went to Victoria to take part in that in December.
The program guides participants through gruelling training sessions and drills, and monitors its players throughout the year.
Lowe is talented on more than just one type of court, too. She’s also a good tennis player.
She’s already a coach.
Nerissa said her daughter couldn’t have made it this far in sport without the encouragement and assistance of schools, teachers and coaches.