Dual sport star heads to nationals

Kiralee Collings. (Supplied)

By Oliver Lees

Dual sport star Kiralee Collings is coming to terms with juggling the demands of representative netball and basketball.

Collings said she’s had to learn to handle the physical demands of her responsibilities.

“I have found it quite difficult juggling both sports in the past but I feel since I’ve made the [State Netball] team I have matured and learned when to have rest days to prevent any injuries,” she said.

“I have definitely learned to listen to my body and to modify my training sessions.”

Last month the 17-year-old, who plays for Gisborne Bulldogs, was selected into the under-17’s Victorian State Netball Team.

The under-17’s Bulldogs side is currently undefeated.

The side has won comfortably in each of its five wins so far this season, including a 109-19 defeat of Castlemaine.

Collings also plays for the Sunbury Jets in the women’s championship division in the Big V competition, where she’s helped her side remain on top of the table.

As a wing attack and centre in netball and a point guard in basketball, Collins said her leadership and speed have helped her succeed in both sports.

“I feel honoured to be a part of this special journey, I have worked really hard and I’m glad it has paid off,” she said.

The side will head to Hobart for the National Netball Championships that runs from July 4 to July 11.

Collings said she’s confident the team’s chemistry will help them perform well.

“Our team will star at the nationals as we already have strong connections with one another and we are great friends which will really help us in the tournament.”