Wauchope netballer Molly Styles fundraises for European tour

HOMETOWN HELP: Graham Withers from Wauchope RSL Club, Molly Styles and Stephen Perkins, chairman of the Lions Sports Foundation.

HOMETOWN HELP: Graham Withers from Wauchope RSL Club, Molly Styles and Stephen Perkins, chairman of the Lions Sports Foundation.

A young Wauchope netball star is being helped to reach her dreams thanks to the local community who are helping her to fundraise for a big overseas trip.

Molly Styles, who is 18, will be part of the Wanderers Australia international junior touring squad.

Players aged 13 to 18 will be touring England and France playing against top clubs, country rep teams and schools during January 2020.

She has been selected to go to Europe for the under-18 Australians, which invites girls from across the country to play in England against country rep sides and advanced netball teams. The coaches are advanced netball coaches.

"I'm excited and scared. I've never been on a plane before, so it's a bit scary. It's for two and a half weeks and it's my first time overseas and we will be billeted with other families," she said.

She's been having fundraisers and raffles and because the tour is expensive, she still has a bit to go.

Molly has been playing for Wauchope Netball Club in the Hastings Valley Netball Association competition since she was six years old. She was identified as a talented netballer in NSW which lead to her being invited to be a part of the international touring squad.

Molly has put in the hard yards, practising for years, and has been in rep squad all through her juniors.

"The last two years I played Opens and 17s. Two years ago, we won Opens at the State Cup in Division One and this year, we came third at State Cup," said Molly, who has played in Division One on Saturdays for the past four years.

"I'd like to thank Wauchope Netball Club who have been a big help fundraising, and all my coaches throughout the year, especially Donna Lewis. She is an amazing coach and my rep coaches, Anne and Jackie, always pushing me and at me to try something different.

Molly has just finished her HSC exams as a student at Wauchope High School.

Molly in action on the netball court.

Molly in action on the netball court.

The chairman of the Wauchope Lions Sports Foundation, Stephen Perkins said the Lions Club wish Molly the best of luck on the tour.

"We are happy to be able to relieve some of the financial burden that comes with the high cost of competing overseas, which would not have been possible without local sponsors of the Sports Foundation such as Wauchope RSL Club," he said.

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