I’m not bias – she’s a friend’s daughter (and her big sister is an awesome player too!)
Here’s a copy of a wee article written for the local paper to try to boost some funding for Kelsy.
After an outstanding 2013 netball season and a great start to 2014, Kelsy Hall from Takapau has been named in the Hawke’s Bay Year Eight representative netball team.
Kelsy is a year eight student at Takapau School, where she is a House Captain, and is a member of this year’s CHB Sports Academy.
Kelsy Hall, 12
Having played all her previous netball for Takapau School, last year was Kelsy’s first year being eligible for a representative side. She played in the 2013 Hawke’s Bay & Central Hawkes Bay Year Seven representative netball teams – for CHB Kelsy was named the team’s Player of the Tournament in four of their five tournaments. She also won the team’s trophy for best shooter and the Most Outstanding Player Trophy.
She was then selected into the Hawke’s Bay Netball Talent Identification Programme (TIPs) and participated in an extensive eight-week training regime.
Locally, it was also a great season. She was named Netballer of the Year (Most Outstanding Player) for her 2013 Takapau Intermediate A netball team and was awarded the 2013 CHB Netball Centre’s Best All Rounder Trophy (chosen from all CHB primary school/intermediate players).
Her coach through most of her early netball years has been her mother Sharee Hall, who also coaches the Takapau Netball Club’s senior teams. Club president Michelle Lynch says the club members have been thrilled to watch the progression of the young players.
“The club sponsored Kelsy’s CHB rep fees last year and she has now joined the fold as our youngest playing member this season. She’s playing in our Senior 1 team, Takapau Aquila, while 14 year old big sister Liana just missed selection into the Hawke’s Bay Under-15 side and is playing with the premier team, Takapau Phoenix, alongside a current HB Under-15 rep player Briana Stephenson. They play with such skill and love of the game it’s hard to remember sometimes how young they are. They will all certainly be names to recognise in the future.”
Kelsy has also been a participant in interschool athletics, cross country and swimming and completed three Go-Kidz triathlons this year. She was also junior girls champion at the Takapau Tennis Club in 2011, 2013 and 2014 (runner up 2012).
While it is huge recognition to be selected for Hawke’s Bay, the privilege also comes with huge costs. Trainings are in Havelock North, the HB Yr8 subs are $345 each player and the team is scheduled to attend three tournaments. Kelsy also pays club and school netball subs and fees for the TIPs programme.
Kelsy generally trains seven days a week and is committed to giving every sport her best effort. She aspires not only to be a top level netball player but also to become an ambassador for sports helping to promote health and wellbeing.
Her family is looking for any Central Hawke’s Bay businesses prepared to give some financial backing to help Kelsy reach her goals and represent the district with pride. Her main expenses are subs and travel, as well as making sure her shoes don’t wear out!