Bundy girl on fire
QUEENSLAND Firebird rookie Ameliaranne Wells would have to be the poster child for netball development in Bundaberg.
The talented young shooter is an inspiration for young Queensland netballers who aspire to represent their state in the national championship.
Wells started playing netball at 13 for her school and then club Across The Waves.
Her first association was Bundaberg Netball Association and she played with them for four years before moving to Brisbane.
It was during her teenage years she flourished in her chosen sport and was quickly picked to be part of the Ergon Energy Netball Academy.
Wells said her skills began to blossom while training with the academy at 15 years of age.
“It was my second year in the academy that taught me the most,” she said.
“It provided us more coaching opportunities and opened my eyes to a higher level of competition that me or any of the other girls experienced before.
“Also being a country girl and team, it showed the level you had to step up to to play in Brisbane.”
Although she has only taken the court a handful of times this season, it is clear that Wells has won the hearts of country Queensland.
Her fans are vocal and fiercely loyal as she is proof that regional netballers can step up and play with the best on the national stage.
From her time in the Ergon Energy Netball Academy, Wells went on to play in the Wide Bay Thundercats in the Queensland State Netball League, the QAS Regional Team, Queensland U17, U19 and U21.
The Australian U19 and more recently she has been named as a member of the Australian U21 national team which will travel to New Zealand in June for a Test Series.
“To be chosen for the Mission Queensland Firebirds felt like a dream come true, but a dream that I hadn't even thought possible for at least years to come.”
Well said she was continually inspired by her fellow Firebirds.
“It is an amazing experience and I have learnt and grown as a player so much in such a short space of time,” she said. “My entire Firebirds team inspires me as they have always been role models to look up to and now being in the team, I can see the work they all put in and the support they provide each other to push through.”