The Specialist Sports Life Skills program continued today with two very special guests visiting the college to chat with our elite athletes and run a very special training session.

Hot on the heels of their weekend victories at the Bendigo Stadium, Melbourne Vixens captain, Kate Moloney, and newly-listed Vixens player, Lara Dunkley, shared their respective journeys from the local sporting competitions of their youth to the Suncorp Super Netball League.

Kate reminisced about the early struggles to make representative teams, then her first year at the highest level with the Melbourne Vixens.

“I spent that whole season sitting on the bench,” she told students. “I decided I never wanted to sit on the bench again and started pre-season training two months earlier than everyone else. I made the team that year and we were Premiers.”

Lara Dunkley also spoke about the need to be focused, organised and to keep improving. She recently broke into the Vixens team after five years playing for, then captaining, Victorian Fury.

“You have to find a balance between your sport and your school work,” Lara said. “I’m a qualified teacher, and that’s a part of my life that I’m really passionate about. You need a plan B because injury is always a real possibility.”

At lunchtime, Kate and Lara joined BSSC netballers and coach, Carol Cathcart, for an intensive training session in the college gym, offering valuable advice and encouragement in the lead up to the Sandhurst Division Competition.

A huge thank you to Kate and Lara for sharing their stories and inspiring our students.