Achieving on & off the sporting field

A Young Shining Star

This story originally appeared in Deadly Vibe Magazine Issue #5 June, 1997

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Shauna Turnbull was a recent recipient of an Indigenous Sport Scholarship. The Scholarship provides assistance with training, travel, coaching, sports medicine, sports science services and equipment.Deadly Vibe recently spoke with Shauna to see how she was progressing in her chosen area of sport; netball and athletics.

Fourteen year-old Shauna is a student at Damascus College in Ballarat, Victoria, She is superhunk Gavin Wanganeen’s sister but much much more than that. Shauna is proving to us she too is a dedicated and talented sportsperson in her own right. Shauna has excelled both on the netball court and on the athletics track.

“I love them both but everybody says I will have a future in athletics. I am not sure, If I don’t go well at one I will have the other to fall back on,” Shauna said.

Shauna has been selected in the Under 19 Central Highlands team and her present goal is to be selected in the State team.

As well as being fast around the netball court Shauna is lightening on the Athletics track. Shauna has competed against (but never met) one of her idols, Cathy Freeman.

“I was running in the state league with the Striders in Ballarat,” she recalled “We run every Thursday night. I just got put in Cathy Freeman’s heat… but I was too shy to go up and say hi,” Shauna said.

Shauna recently had her school athletics carnival where she too out the 100 metre, 200 metre and 400 metre and then completed in an all girls competition in Melbourne where her relay team broke the relay record.

Shauna said that the scholarship has helped with her training and travel a great deal.

“I don’t have to rely on mum and dad so much,” Shauna said. “I am really busy and train every day after school. In summer I train 2-3 times a week for athletics and I have netball training as well.”

Shauna has also been attached to a mentor from ATSIC who she can call on anytime for support and advice.

Deadly Vibe hopes to see more of Shauna Turnbull as he continues to pursue her dreams and aspirations.

Good luck Shauna from all at Deadly Vibe.

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