Three sports a charm for athlete

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In terms of sport, St Peter’s College pupil Ella Brown enjoys switching it up a bit.
Ella (17) made the A Grade netball tournament team in Nelson last week.
She made the team after competing in eight games at tournament week, where St Peter’s College managed five wins to finish in 21st place.
This week she will pick up a bat and put on the uniform for another season of cricket.
Ella was diplomatic when choosing between the two sports.
‘‘At the start of the year I would have said cricket, but after a good season of netball I’m unsure.’’
Ella co-captains St Peter’s College’s Senior A netball team and has been in the side for four years in total.
She has competed at a high level in both netball and cricket, and played for the under-19 Southland netball side this year.
In cricket, she has played for the Otago Sparks under-21 side and is part of the Southland Academy for cricket.
Along with the netball and cricket, she also plays basketball, adding to her busy sporting schedule.
Ella said she looked up to fellow Sparks player Suzie Bates.
‘‘She has done so much for girls’ cricket and shows you do not have to be from a bigger place to do well,’’ she said.
She was looking forward to the cricket season, when she will represent Albion once again, mixing it with the men in Southland Cricket.
Ella was not the only Eastern Southlander selected in the secondary school netball tournament teams.
Blue Mountain College’s Tamara Weller (18) was selected in the B Grade secondary school netball tournament side.