Coast netballer has sights set on national team

16 Jul

By Jordan Hughes, Bond University Journalism Student

Gold Coast rising netball star Kristen Oxenford is continuing to prove why she is the ‘next big thing’ in world netball.

The 19-year-old Griffith University student has just been selected in the Queensland Fusion team, which plays in the Australian Netball League as a feeder competition to the ANZ Championship.

On the back of a strong performance for the Fusions, she had the opportunity to go against the Australian Diamonds in a trial game ahead of their World cup campaign, which Kristen described as one of the best nights of her life.

Her ultimate goal is to play for the national side and she has her sights set on the 2018 Commonwealth games in her hometown, the Gold Coast.

“It would be a massive challenge to represent my country but I have numerous stepping stones to get there.  It would mean the world to me,” Kristen said.

Bruce Oxenford, Kristen’s dad, has had a great influence on her career with Kristen saying he is great at calming her nerves in the pressure moments.

Mr Oxenford, who is very proud of his daughter’s achievements, has given great advice on performing on the top stage.

He has played cricket for Queensland and is now an international cricket umpire and so knows about dealing with pressure.

Kristen plays for the Bond University Golden South Jaguars and as captain of the tier 1 side, she chooses to lead by example and always gives 100%

“I always aim to show my commitment to the sport and be honest and open with my team mates. This has allowed us all to have a close relationship which is a must in such a performance based environment,” said Kristen.

Kristen is a great example of the existence of a strong national pathway for young developing players. She went through all the Queensland levels from under 17s, 19s and 21s with victory at the national championships in 2014.

Kristen will be in action on Saturday afternoon playing for Queensland Fusion against the Canberra Darters in what will be a defining match in the Australian Netball League.

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