AIMING HIGH: QT/City of Ipswich junior sportstar for July Katrina Smidt.
AIMING HIGH: QT/City of Ipswich junior sportstar for July Katrina Smidt. Rob Williams

Katrina focused on shot at national level netball

HAVING displayed her talents playing indoor netball, Katrina Smidt hopes to one day represent her state and country in the outdoor game as well.

However, for the next week, her main focus is helping Australia secure the under 18 Ladies Indoor Netball World Cup championships in Brisbane.

She'll represent her country for the first time at the Brisbane West Indoor Sports Centre at Darra, playing teams from England and South Africa each day between Sunday and October 10.

"I'm really excited to play,'' Smidt said, confident about the 10-strong Aussie side's prospects.

"With the team that we have, we'll probably take out the title of world champions.''

She was picked for the tournament after being part of the Queensland team, which made the grand final at the national titles earlier this year.

The Haigslea-based indoor netballer's rise to national honours helped her win the QT-City of Ipswich Junior monthly sportstar award for July. She's the first junior (18 years and under) recipient in the 2015/16 sports awards backed by the Ipswich City Council.

Turning 18 in December, Smidt is in her last year at St Peter Claver College where she first became excited about netball in year seven.

She's played Superleague for Ipswich and represented her state at the national indoor championships.

She was part of the Downey Park team, which recently beat the Ipswich Flyers in the SEQ Challenge grand final.

"I just love it because you get to meet so many new people,'' she said of why she enjoys netball.

She gained her first national indoor honours after representing Queensland at the national under-18 champion- ships in Sydney in May. She made the Australian All Star team for her division.

The 168cm wing attack/centre grew up in Ipswich after moving north from NSW at an early age.

At St Peter Claver, she is also one of the college dance captains, having a flair in that area competing at eisteddfods around south east Queensland.

Being sporty, she enjoys PE.

Away from netball she likes going to the beach and spending time at home with her family.

While studying at St Peter Claver, Smidt is also working part-time at the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre.

That keeps her close to the pulse of netball where she hopes to expand her representative career.

"I'd really like to play netball at a high level but also try to take the next step in outdoor netball as well and progress forward,'' she said.

The former Walloon State School student made the Queensland Catholic Schoolgirls team in the outdoor game, heading to Adelaide in 2012.

"One day, I want to be able to play professional netball,'' she said.