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"I also made the Australian squad in each age group."
"Most of my time playing netball has always been as a goalie, apart from the very young stages where everyone gets a turn in every position," she said.
"So as you can see we pretty much spend every day together."
Laura makes Port Augusta proud
"I like to watch and learn a lot from Erin Bell as she is an amazing player, and being in my position she is someone that can help me become the best that I can.
"I started playing for them when I Guess Belt Uk
"My club team at state league level is Matrics," she said.
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under 16 team for catholic schools SA," she said.
"In 2009 and 2010 I was playing for Matrics, and then 2011 and 2012 I was part of Matrics, SASI and 'Thunderbabes' programs.
moved to Adelaide in 2009.
"I studied for four years at UniSA doing a double degree of applied science (human movement) with a bachelor of education (middle and secondary)," she said.
Most elite athletes have a mentor in their team who guides them in the initial stages of their career. However in Laura's case that does not apply.
When she moved to Adelaide to undertake those studies, she had to choose between basketball and netball, and it was Matrics' coach Jacqui Illman who persuaded her to join the team.
"I made the Thunderbirds squad for the first time in 2011.
In Laura's case this involved a lot of study on top of her extensive netball commitments.
"This is very similar to an away game, with changes being a travel day on Saturday and possible training, so we may get the following Monday off for recovery.
"For a typical home game we train on court Monday/Wednesday/Friday, have a weights session and pilates/massage on Tuesday/Thursday and then the game on Sunday.
Over the years, prior to being selected as a Thunderbird, Laura has been a regular representative for South Australia in a number of national competitions.
Unlike players in a lot of other national sporting codes, netballers have to work as well as play as in most cases they are not full time players, and need to earn a living.
In 2013 that dream was fulfilled when she not only secured a 12 month contract with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, but on Sunday was also part of the first club ever to win the ANZ Championship twice.
"I don't really have one mentor in the playing group, as all of the senior players are always offering advice and helping me to develop," she said.
"The number of days spent with the Thunderbirds depends on what team we are coming up against and where the game will be Guess Delaney Zip Around Wallet
"It was this year in 2013 that I made the actual Thunderbirds team."
"I then went on to play for South Australia in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 in under 17, 19 and 21 age groups.
Laura said being part of a team competing weekly in a national competition could be time consuming.
Netballers tend to play most of their careers in a specific position on court.
"This year I have spent many of my working days as a relief teacher at various schools around Adelaide."
Former Saint Joseph's netballer Laura Packard is a great example of how a netballer growing up in a relatively isolated rural community can achieve her dreams.
Her achievements prior to making her debut for the Adelaide Thunderbirds this season include being named Port Augusta sperson of the Year in both 2008 and 2009, as well as other milestones Prada Handbag Nylon mentioned in last week's Transcontinental.
"My first experience in a state team was for catholic school girls in 2006 when I made the Rolex Submariner Hulk Gold
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