Hervey Bay OzTag player named the state's best
IT ONLY takes a glance at Christie Palmer's record to understand why she was the perfect recipient of Queensland Oztag's senior player of the year award.
The Coffee Club supervisor somehow fits in enough time to juggle her work life with a burgeoning Oztag career, a sport in which she has twice represented her state.
Her work ethic is unparalleled: she plays in Hervey Bay's women's competition, referees Hervey Bay's juniors, represented Queensland at nationals, and runs Bundaberg's junior and senior Oztag program.
Even then Palmer, who has only been involved in the sport for four years, was shocked to receive the award.
"The venue manager for Hervey Bay (Kelly Hanson) sent me the pic of the award and I was very surprised, especially with the competition down at Caloundra and Maroochydore," she said.
"Every co-ordinator nominates from Tweed Heads to Weipa and all venues in between. They nominate based on participation and contribution to OzTag.
"It was a bit of a shock."
Palmer was originally a netball player but fell into Oztag when friends asked her to have a go.
She hasn't looked back.
"I gave up netball - I'm purely Oztag now," she said.
"They're a great bunch of people - I look forward to having a laugh every week. Skill-wise, you improve every year and can see progress.
"It's fast-paced and it's quick. You're in and out in 40 minutes and that's probably what kept me going. Then there's playing different levels like State Cup."
Palmer was born in Redcliffe, spent five years in England before she and her family returned to the Bay, where she has lived for the last nine years.
Her decision to play Oztag may be one of the best she has made from a sporting perspective given she twice represented Queensland.
"It's definitely one of the best career goals I've done in playing for Queensland," Palmer said.
"Each year is much tougher competition as there's a lot more players coming in.
"It's a nice feeling to get picked; especially from our region. Caloundra and Maroochydore are highly populated so there's much more talent to pick from; they have trials just to reach the state cup.
"I have to give Glenn and Kelly (Hanson) a bit of a wrap. They've done a fantastic job and I wouldn't be where I am without them."
Name: Christie Palmer
Occupation: Supervisor at Coffee Club, Stockland
Player: Hervey Bay womens
Referee: Hervey Bay juniors
Venue manager: Bundaberg juniors and seniors
Representative caps: Queensland (2)