Kate Heffernan made her representative netball debut when she was just 10 for an Eastern Southland age group side.
Now the former Blue Mountain College pupil is set to go to a whole new netball level stage.
Heffernan (21) was named last week in the Silver Ferns netball squad for 2021.
The Silver Ferns are set to take on the Australian Diamonds in a four-test series for the Constellation Cup in October, playing on both sides of the Tasman.
Heffernan gained her early netball education in the South. She attended Heriot School and then Blue Mountain College.
In year 11, along with twin sister Georgia, Kate headed north to attend St Hilda’s Collegiate in Dunedin.
She made an impact as the St Hilda’s side won the national schools title in 2017.
Upon leaving school she was quickly involved in the Steel set-up. This season she has moved to the centre position and really stood out, as the Steel won through to the playoffs in the ANZ Premiership.
Heffernan was back on the family farm near Tapanui last week when she found out she had been selected for the national side. She follows in the footsteps of her mother Annette, who played nine times for the national side from 1985-90.
If Kate makes it on to the court against Australia, she will become a double international, having played two twenty20 cricket internationals for the White Ferns in 2018.