RISING STAR: Talented sportsperson Isabelle Baumanis, 14, starred in netball, Oztag, athletics, cross country, swimming and Human Powered Vehicle competitions in 2015.
RISING STAR: Talented sportsperson Isabelle Baumanis, 14, starred in netball, Oztag, athletics, cross country, swimming and Human Powered Vehicle competitions in 2015. Matthew Mcinerney

Isabelle Baumanis aims to be a professional sportsperson

ELITE netball training, a podium finish at the Oztag Junior State Cup and a fourth consecutive St James Open Swimming Cup.

Isabelle Baumanis has had an extremely busy 2015 on the court, field and in the pool, but the 14-year-old is looking forward to an even bigger year in 2016.

While many teenagers will use January for a few extra weeks of freedom away from school, Isabelle will spend most of her time either training or playing to continue the pursuit of her dream.

"I wanted to be a police officer at one point but now I just want to do anything sport," she said.

"I'll have at least two days of netball training at Hervey Bay, we've got the Junior State Cup (for Oztag) at the Sunny Coast which will be two to three days, and I have to travel to the Sunny Coast for Motivationz netball training every Sunday."

Baumanis' 2015 was nothing short of brilliant.

The 14-year-old competed against, and beat, some of St James Lutheran College's Year 12 students in the pool, her Hervey Bay Oztag side finished second at the State Cup and her local junior side is undefeated.

She finished sixth at the Wide Bay cross country, was the Wide Bay age champion for athletics and won the St James Cup (athletics).

Netball appears to be Baumanis' sport of choice, and her inclusion in the Queensland Netball's Regional Academy Squad for 2016 means it could be another strong year on the court.

The goal attack/goal shooter was part of Bay Bullets' Division 5 side that fell just one point short in their grand final, and she will be keen to do whatever she can to win a Hervey Bay Netball Association title next year.

Add regular training with Motivationz and local coach Kerrianne Farrelly and Baumanis has all the tools to make her sporting dream a reality.



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