Alysha Pearson, of Cranebrook, has been recognised for her outstanding achievements in netball and athletics, winning the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation’s junior sports star for July.
Pearson is coming off a silver medal in shot put and a bronze in hammer throw at the 2017 Australian Youth and Junior Athletics Championships held in Sydney in March.
“I really enjoyed it. I only won one medal last year, so I was happy to get two. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to travel though,” the 15-year-old said.
Alysha has also just come back from representing Penrith at state level in netball, for the under 15s team.
“We came sixth, which was really good,” she said.
Alysha also holds multiple athletics records at school and inter-school level.
When asked what drives her to play at these levels, Alysha was clear.
“I’m very competitive, I really want to win. I love the crowds and the atmosphere and the sports themselves,” she said.
The 15-year-old will represent her school, St Paul’s Grammar, at State level in the CIS (Combined Independent Schools) competition in August for netball.
“I’m hoping to get into the CIS team (to represent at state level). I was selected in the team last year despite being a year younger than everyone else so I was pretty proud of that,” the goal defender said.
“I’m also hoping that my ISA (Independent Sporting Association) team goes really well, and hopefully after that I get selected in the NSW U15 netball team.”
- To nominate a junior or senior sports star of the month from the region, go to Penrith Valley Sports Foundation’s website at pvsf.org.au and click on the link.