Sasha loving life on the big stage

28 Mar 2017

Budding netball star Sasha Glasgow's motto is to go hard or go home.

Judging on her handful of games with the Thunderbirds in the newly formed Suncorp Super Netball competition she won't be going home for quite some time.

Until recently Sasha, 18, was a training partner with the Thunderbirds and not quite sure where she fitted into the program.

But some outstanding training sessions and reassuring words from Thunderbirds senior coach Dan Ryan saw Sasha recently elevated into the line up.

''Dan has been excellent for my dedvelopment,'' she said. ''Early on I didn't know what the time commitment would be as a training partner but he said that I was part of the squad of 14 plyaers and anyone was up for selection. I got my chance and it was so different. I just love the intensity and professionalism. Dan just said to me if I was performing I would be in and that gave me confidence.''

Despite the team's slow start to the season after six rounds and facing plenty of scutiny, Sasha said it was a case of focusing on what she could control.

''Dan had the faith in me to do the job,'' she said. ''But in the competition there is a lot more attention. It is definitely different seeing yourself up on the big screen and your name around the place. And it is a bit weird for my family, too. But I have to just stay focused on my game and absorb what is around me. I have plenty of help from my teammates especially Erin Bell and Jade Clarke. Everyone challenges each other and there is no room to become complacent at training.''

Sasha, from Moonta on the Yorke Peninsula and a past player of CYS Cougars, says her netball career took off when she was included in the SASI program.

''I owe so much to the SASI staff, physios, nutritionists, coaches,'' she said. ''Tania (Obst, past SASI head netball coach) was so helpful and made netball so much easier.

''She made me love my netball and to push myself on and off the court. The whole SASI program is fantastic with great people.''

While the Super Netball competition is her main focus, Sasha has one eye on making the under-21 World Cup team to play in the Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana, beginning on July 8, 2017.

''I will keep doing my best but knowing my efforts are being watched keeps driving me on to do my best,'' she said.

Away from netball Sasha is in her first year of studying medical science at Uni SA. She loves swimming, the beach and socialising with friends.

She has strong family ties with her parents and brother, who are still living in Moonta, and her three sisters in Adelaide. ''I am so close to my family, we talk and phone all the time and my parents get down to see me play as often as they can. We are very close. I have the best support network.''

Position-wise Sasha will play where she is put on the court but her favorite is goal shooter.

''I just love being able to watch the whole court and to see what is happening as the ball comes down. I have learned so much.''

 Sasha Glasgow