Star siblings reach top of their games
THE camaraderie, the team spirit and their love of sport have propelled Chinchilla siblings Olivia and Ramon Mutch to the top of their games.
This year, 17-year-old Olivia was chosen to play in the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirls Netball Under 18s team while Ramon has been selected for the Titans Emerging Talent Squad for Touch Football and was picked for the South West Queensland Under-16 Rugby League Emus Indigenous team in September.
Olivia, who competed against teams from around the world, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Samoa and Tonga in the Australian Indigenous Netball Team, said she had enjoyed meeting players from other countries.
The week-long competition held in May on the Gold Coast was a highlight for Olivia who has now finished most of her competitive rep games for the year.
"I was a bit nervous at the start but I really enjoyed it after a couple of days,” she said. "The competition was really tough.
"I knew the majority of players on the team, but there were three other girls from the NT I didn't know.”
She said the atmosphere had been supportive and friendly, with the girls playing social volleyball with other international competitors in their spare time.
Olivia, who is a member of the Chinchilla Netball Inc, said she chose not to try out for the Darling Downs Panthers representative team this year due to her Year 12 schooling commitments, but was contemplating try-outs for next year.
"I was on that team last year. I like getting to play with my friends - especially on Tuesday nights.
"And I really enjoy the competitions because they push me harder to play.
"I like the camaraderie. I love being all together and having the support during games when we're away.”
Olivia has been playing netball since she was eight, and rep games since she was 11, and said she mostly played the position of goal defence, but has also played centre and wing defence.
Olivia's younger brother Ramon, 16, this September toured New Zealand with the South West Queensland Emus Under-16 Rugby League Indigenous squad.
In August he was also chosen for the Titans Emerging Talent Squad for Touch Football, having dedicated himself to travelling to Toowoomba twice a week for training.
Ramon, a member of the Chinchilla Touch Association and Chinchilla Bulldogs Rugby League, has been playing both sports for 10 years, and said he had been aiming for the Titans selection for the past few years.
"I started playing because my brother was playing. I love always being around mates as well and having a good time.”
Ramon said he was looking forward to travelling further with his sporting pursuits, and was currently training for four to five hours, twice a week.
"I'd like to go overseas and play sport and represent Australia.”