BUSY TIMETABLE: Trophy for GNA Senior Player of the Year & GNA Umpire of the Year. Inset: Valleys Stars are Ellie Palmero, Taylor Langdon, Suzette Meiring, Tracey Calis, Trudi McKenzie, Belinda Peachey, Louise Schultz and Yasmin Ramsay. Won the Senior Division 1 grand final 40 - 35.
BUSY TIMETABLE: Trophy for GNA Senior Player of the Year & GNA Umpire of the Year. Inset: Valleys Stars are Ellie Palmero, Taylor Langdon, Suzette Meiring, Tracey Calis, Trudi McKenzie, Belinda Peachey, Louise Schultz and Yasmin Ramsay. Won the Senior Division 1 grand final 40 - 35.

Yasmin raises the bar for Gladstone netballers

IF 2015 was a big year for emerging netballer Yasmin Ramsay, then this year will be massive.

The 15-year-old Valleys goal defence player has made the transition from juniors to seniors in the season just gone and made an immediate impact.

"She won the senior netballer of the year in the Gladstone Netball Association," proud mum and GNA publicity officer Amanda Ramsay said.

Yasmin was not available to chat with The Observer because she was working on the first day of 2016 at McDonalds.

Work-rate is one of the qualities that stand her in good stead and she thrives on it at school, on the court and in the workforce.

"The busier she is then it is the better marks she has been getting at school - and she is obviously a very busy person," Ms Ramsay said of her daughter's time management skills.

"She also won the high achiever of the year award at the Valleys presentation."

Yasmin will be entering her final year in the Regional Academy Program which is designed to help prepare netballers aged 14-16 to play at an elite level in the future.

While it is usually the parents who influence and encourage their children to play a particular sport, it was someone outside the family circle who got Yasmin into playing netball.

"She's been playing netball for five years and her teachers actually got her into netball and before that she played basketball," Ms Ramsay said.