Kicking goals for Wide Bay
AUSSIE RULES: Ebony Otto decided to pick up a footy and start playing AFL after reading the best-selling Specky Magee book series.
"I started out because I read a series of books at the library and it inspired me to start getting into it,” she said.
Ebony has now been selected in the under-15 girls Queensland AFL side based on her performance playing for Wide Bay at the Queensland school sport championships in Cairns last week.
It is the first time Otto will pull on a maroon guernsey for Queensland and she is looking forward to the opportunity.
"I only started playing last year so I am still playing in my first few games so I was pretty excited when I got picked,” she said.
Having her Queensland team mates spread out across the state makes it difficult to co-ordinate training but Ebony will go to some training sessions in Brisbane.
She will also take part in a training camp in Maroochydore before travelling to Adelaide to compete in the national championships from July 21 to 28.
"It will be a good experience and I am excited,” she said.
Ebony plays on the wing or as a rover and is excited for development opportunities available for junior girls with teams looking for potential AFLW prospects.
Fellow Nanango State High School student James Packer represented Wide Bay in Cairns and was named in the Queensland country team.
This year James was the captain of the team and led the team by playing his role in the mid field.
It is the fourth time James, who is part of the Brisbane Lions U16 academy and plays for the Aspley Hornets in Brisbane, has made the side.
James has been in the academy since he made his first Queensland team as an U12 and travels to Brisbane once a week to train.
As part of the academy, James has the opportunity to meet current AFL players and be part of a program which has a proven track record for developing top AFL players.
"Most of the biggest players started at the academy and worked their way up and now they play for them.”
As well as being part of the academy James plays in an U16 and U18 team and trains in Kingaroy with the South Burnett Saints.