DUVAL High School student Morgan Rowbottom will fly to New Zealand today with the NSW waterpolo team to compete at the Pan Pacific water polo tournament.
Rowbottom will compete as part of NSW’s No.1 under-16 female team and is looking forward to
competing in Auckland.
“I am really excited to be in the top NSW team, and can’t wait to get to New Zealand to go up against some of the world’s best junior teams,” she told The Express.
The tournament will see teams from the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia and the US. However, Rowbottom is confident her team is primed for a good performance.
“Our team has been training really well for the last few months, and we are hoping to come away from the competition with a top three finish,” Rowbottom said.
Since her selection in the NSW side and with the help of her family, Rowbottom has travelled to Sydney every weekend for the past 10 weeks to train with her team.
“My whole family has been so supportive,” she said. “Especially my Dad, who has been driving me to Sydney every weekend.
“It has been really tiring couple of months, but it has been a great experience.”
Following the Pan Pacific tournament next week, Rowbottom will head home to prepare for the national championships.
Rowbottom will line up at the championships - to be held in Brisbane in October - in the Hunter regional outfit.