Photo: Liz Watson playing with the Melbourne Vixens. David Callow/ANZ Championship
Congratulations to ACU’s Liz Watson on her selection to the national netball team for the Diamonds’ England tour.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) Bachelor of Education (Primary) student Liz Watson will make her Australian Diamonds National Netball Team debut on the upcoming 2016 Tour of England after being named in the team.
A student of the ACU Elite Athlete and Performer Program the 21-year-old is among a 12-strong team trading the Australian summer for the northern winter in January for the three-test series against England in London and Liverpool.
Regarded as one of the most promising young players in Australian netball, Watson has emerged as a star for the Melbourne Vixens over the past two seasons, helping the team to the 2014 ANZ Championship, while leading the Australian Under 21 National Team as captain.
Coming as a welcome distraction from exam preparation, Watson said the support and flexibility offered as part of the elite athlete program has played a significant role in helping her reach the pinnacle of the sport.
“The University has been really supportive and accommodating in making sure I can fit in my classes and lectures around my training commitments – that’s been a massive help for me,” Watson said.
“Having that communication with my teachers and lecturers to be able to move assessments and manage my classes has really helped.”
Watson will have to resist the temptation to day dream of what the tour of England will bring as she focuses on her final examination.
“My final exam is actually tomorrow (Thursday) and today was when the team was announced publicly, so I’ve had a few messages and phone calls which has been lovely,” Watson said on Wednesday.
“It has distracted me a little bit from my study, but that’s okay, I’ll get some work done tonight and be ready for the exam tomorrow.”
Watson is one of a host of current ACU students excelling on the national stage, with Nicola Grey (Adelaide Thunderbirds), Micaela Wilson (Sydney Swifts) and Chloe Watson (Melbourne Vixens) all plying their trade in the ANZ Championship.
Click here to find out more about the ACU Elite Athlete and Performer Program. 2016 Future Student Applications are open until 20 November 2015.