Gladstone girl tells about her experience in the elite level
BASKETBALL: At just 13 years of age, Sarah King is a part of a national championship-winning team.
Her Queensland Comets team has just won the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League grand final against Be Active Western Stars in Perth.
Comets won the decider 71-64 after it finished the minor round in second spot behind the Stars.
"Yes, it was a close game, with the third quarter seeing us behind," Sarah said.
"The girls kept their composure and brought it back with some baskets under pressure and tight defence and lots of encouragement from the sideline.
"Although I didn't get minutes on court for the final, I supported the team from the bench.
"At 13 years of age it has been amazing and I am grateful to have been a part of the whole experience."
While Sarah only had limited court time during the season and none in the decider, she got valuable experience when she played alongside Australian superstar Cobi Crispin and Japanese import Mari Amimoto.
"From the beginning of the season I have noticed a big improvement in my game and confidence levels," she said.
"Everyone was supportive and really encouraged me on court. It is such a privilege to be exposed to this standard of basketball and have the opportunity to be part of the team."
WNWBL includes Australia's best players and two imports from Japan.
Sarah's efforts at a camp late last year drew attention from Comets coach David Gould.
"I was recognised last year after being invited to the Australian Development Camp for under-25s," Sarah said.
"David Gould was at the camp where my performance contributed to the invite to be a part of this Queensland team."
She said she relished under the guidance of Gould and co-coach Dave Hegerty.
"David Gould and Dave Hegerty were obviously a big influence in improving my technical skills and on court captain Ella Sabljak and Cobi really supported me to improve my game," Sarah said.
There will be little rest for Sarah, with two camps coming up in the next two months.
"I have an Under-25 Australian Development Camp in Canberra in September and a Queensland juniors camp in October in Brisbane," she said.