Aboriginal talent to represent outback

Three young local girls have been selected to represent the SA Outback Aboriginal Netball Team at the 2020 National Indigenous Netball Championships in January next year.

Sisters T-Keyah and Ciarah Hands have joined the Under 18 team while Zakira Wingfield will be playing for the Under 12 team.

They will face off against teams from around the country in Queensland, with an outback and city team travelling from South Australia to compete.

T-Keyah plays Centre and Goal Defense, Ciarah plays Wing Defence while Zakira plays a number of defensive positions including Goal Keeper, Goal Defence and Wing Defence.

Ciarah says she's expecting the matches to be rough but is looking forward for the opportunity to further her netball career.

"We're going to play good and work hard," she said.

All of the girls have been recognised for their talent, sharing multiple Best and Fairest runner-up and winner awards between them.

Zakira was runner-up for Whyalla Netball Association Under 13 Division 1 Best and Fairest Award in 2019 and won it in 2018.

"I've always loved the sport of netball, being part of a team and meeting new people," she said.

"I'm expecting this tournament to be quite a challenge but I'm keen to showcase my talent and further develop my skills for the future."

Outside of netball Zakira has played football and soccer while attending school at Nicolson Avenue Primary School.

Both families are hoping to receive some financial support from the community to ensure the girls can attend the competition - accounting for travel and accommodation costs.

To make a donation for T-Keyah and Ciarah, contact Estelle Taylor on 0498 748 636.

To support Zakira, you can make a donation directly into her bank account via the details below.

BSB: 065512

ACC: 10221099.