Young basketballer joins under-18s
AFTER just one year playing basketball, Ashleigh Frampton developed an absolute single-mindedness that last year saw her star in the Queensland Basketball League and now earn a place in the Queensland North Under-18 team.
She first tried the sport when she was 10 years old and fell in love with it instantly, and Ashleigh said she started to "get serious" with basketball when she was 11.
While she is no stranger to representative teams her most recent selection was the high point, and Ashleigh struggled to express how she felt when her name was read out at the end of the state championships.
"There was so many emotions when I saw my name and I couldn't put it one word," she said.
And it wasn't just Ashleigh who was excited when the team was read out. Asked to hold applause until the last player's name was called, the strong Bundaberg contingent, including Ashleigh's mum Helen, jumped to their feet to cheer for Bundaberg's latest state representative.
The joy Ashleigh and her supporters felt was a great reward for her dedication to basketball. Three training sessions dedicated to shooting each week along with team training and gym work shows she is one of the most committed players at the club.
After her most productive season with the Bears in 2013 Ashleigh said she was confident before the state titles her experience would pay off.
"In past years I was getting three or four minutes of court time but last year I got more. I had 13 and 16 in the last two games of the season," Ashleigh said.
"The time with the Bears definitely helped me grow, you can't get much better playing and training against the American imports each week - it's crazy because they can really kick butT."
Before the QBL season starts Ashleigh will travel to Canberra to play in the national titles and she said she was expecting a hard time on the court in the nation's capital.
"It will be the toughest competition I will play in," she said.
"Especially Victoria, they have really good players."
Ashleigh is a popular figure at the club, which was evident before the titles.
The players voted to make the step up to Division 1 to give their leader maximum exposure to the selectors; a move that paid off and was acknowledged by Ashleigh.
Bundaberg was winless in the girl's competition but the U18 boys had more success. Playing in Division 2, the boys won three and lost three in the tournament.