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Kyla-Jo Dudojc: Shining Bright like a Diamond

Kyla-Jo Dudojc Awarded for Netball Brilliance

Year 6 student Kyla-Jo Dudojc knows what it takes to be a sporting champ – hard work, persistence and devotion.

On Tuesday, 20 March, the 11 year old was recognised for her talents and aptitude in the fast-paced game of netball. Kyla-Jo was awarded the South Australian District Netball Association’s (SADNA) Umpire’s Best Player Award, based on weekly umpire votes for the Sub-Junior 3 SADNA category; and, The President’s Trophy, awarded to the player with the highest votes overall for all grades in the competition.

“When they announced my name, I was so shocked,” Kyla-Jo said.

“I wasn’t expecting to be awarded, but I have worked my hardest all season. I am team captain and I made sure I kept a positive attitude all year as well as playing my best.”

Her awards have topped-off a great SADNA 2017/18 summer season for Kyla-Jo who is no stranger to success on the court.

“I have been lucky to make four grand finals, winning three, and having played at SADNA for only two years,” Kyla-Jo said.

“Our latest grand final win was on the Tuesday night where are club won three premier awards and one runner-up.”

Playing netball for four years and enjoying every aspect of the game, Kyla-Jo’s abilities and determination emanate from her families history with the sport.

“All the girls in my family have played netball,” Kyla-Jo said.

“I like netball because it is a great team sport and my coaches and family inspire me to play.”

Playing for Redwings Netball who are affiliated with SA Districts Netball Association, Kyla-Jo has been coached by some inspiring sports people, including Trish Field and Barbara Collins.

“My coaches are the greatest and I couldn’t have become who I am if it weren’t for them,” Kyla-Jo said.

“I really look up to them and they inspire me to play my best and teach me all the techniques and game plans to work on with my team.

“They have coached some great players like Kate Shimmin when she was young - a player with the Queensland Firebirds and who grew up in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.”

Kyla-Jo’s summer netball season has prepared her for upcoming games between St Columba College and other schools in the season to come.

“I can’t wait to play netball for my school in the competition,” Kyla-Jo said.

But more importantly, the season has provided her with a glimpse of where she would like to be in the game of netball going into the future.

“I am only 11 years old, but when I am older I would like to be recognised for the state netball teams and development squad,’ Kyla-Jo said.

“Next season, I will be in Sub-Junior 1, moving up two grades after winning the grand final. We are a fairly young team and we will be playing against girls much older than us.”

Taking a bigger outlook and looking beyond her school years, Kyla-Jo sees her future in playing netball.

“My ultimate dream would be to play for the Diamonds – the Commonwealth Games team,” she said.

“Netball is my dream and I would play it everyday if I could.

“I currently play two games a week, and training, and I love it!”

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games: Flick on the TVs come Wednesday 4 April. Australia will be hosting the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The fast game of netball will be played by the Diamonds 2018 team, which includes five Commonwealth Games gold medallists. Australia opens its 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign against Northern Ireland on Thursday 5 April before its remaining pool matches against Barbados (6 April), South Africa (8 April), Fiji (9 April) and Jamaica (11 April).

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games runs from 4 to 15 April with 71 Commonwealth nations and territories taking part in 18 sports and seven para-sports.