Enjoying Australia Day in the pool is Bundaberg sportsperson of the year, netballer Carly McCann.
Enjoying Australia Day in the pool is Bundaberg sportsperson of the year, netballer Carly McCann. Rob Barich

McCann makes waves

A magnificent season from Across The Waves (ATW) netball star Carly McCann was made complete yesterday with her acceptance of the 2009 Bundaberg ‘sportsperson of the year’ award.

But McCann still has nightmares about last year’s grand final loss to Alloway Purple.

She was devastated after the loss and rates the surprise result as the only blemish on a great year.

“It was a really successful year except for that one game,” she said.

“It was the only thing we really missed out on, and I’m pretty motivated to go one better this year.”

McCann was instrumental in her team’s charge to the final last year, and she also stood out for the Wide Bay Thundercats in the State League championships last season.

She was picked in a top-five merit team after the event – a selection she ranked as number one.

Former Bundaberg player Ameliaranne Wells was also selected.

“For two of us from Bundaberg to be in the top five was awesome,” she said.

“And even though our team didn’t perform as well as we would have liked, it was great to get that recognition.

“To win this also ranks pretty high, and I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter in the mail,” she said.

The reluctant talent may be shocked with the news, but her peers were hardly surprised.

“Carly deserves this award, she puts in the effort and last year was a really great one for her,” her coach and fellow player Sandy Baker said.

McCann also coached and was involved in the administration of ATW netball, duties she intends on continuing this year.

“I love working with the little kids so I’m looking forward to coaching nippers this season,” she said.

On the field she has one clear goal — a premiership with Waves.

But she is also focusing on helping the Thundercats to a more competitive showing in the tough State League.

“It’d be nice to do better this time, we were all pretty disappointed with our results last season,” she said.



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