Council to send Kayla to awards

CLONCURRY’S up-and-coming sports star Kayla Chaplain has been nominated for a prestigious North Queensland award.

The 16-year-old netball and touch football star will head to Charters Towers this weekend for the North Queensland Sportstar Awards after being elected by the Cloncurry Shire Council.

Kayla – a recipient of the David Watt Memorial Junior Sport Award on Australia Day – said she was shocked at the news.

“I was pretty surprised about it.

I didn’t expect it at all,” she said.

“It will be a great experience, even if I don’t receive the award.

“It’s just the biggest surprise ever, it shows my hard work is paying off.

“I’m so appreciative of the opportunity and it does mean a lot.

“It’s my senior year at school (attends Cloncurry State School) and I’m going to put everything I’ve got into all aspects.”

Kayla has represented the North West in both touch and netball, including last year’s netball under-19s state carnival in Mackay.

The talented sportswoman – who plays centre or wing attack – said she relishes the opportunity to get away on tours, meeting new friends, teammates and foes.

“It’s a good experience to go away with different people,” she said.

“Netball trials are coming up in two weeks so I’m looking to play well enough to get my spot back.”

A four-time North West touch representative, Kayla believes her love of the game stems from a heavily influenced rugby league background.

“I’ve always loved rugby league, whether it be the game play, setting it up, scoring, even winning or losing,” she said.

“Since I was little I grew up with rugby league but I could only play until I was 12.

Touch was the next closest thing and I was pretty good at it.”

The year 12 student is looking into personal training as a potential career, and is likely to stay in Cloncurry for at least another 12 months, if she isn’t recruited by scouts sooner.

GOING PLACES: Cloncurry’s Kayla Chaplain will head to Charters Towers this weekend for the North Queensland Sportstar Awards.

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