West Coast Waves youngster, Darcee Garbin, has been named in the Gems squad for the Oceania Championships in New Zealand later this month.
The young forward stands at 185cm and returned home to Perth to train with her new team for the WNBL 2012/13 season, but will be putting training on hold when she heads to New Zealand to compete in the three day competition, 20-22 September.
The talented teenager already has international experience after competing in the Emerging Opals Tour of China in June. Garbin said it was a great experience to compete against international teams there.
“We won three out of six games, which is good because we played the Tall Ferns and the Chinese Olympic team, so it was a good experience to play against people who were actually going to the Olympics,” the 18-year-old said.
Garbin’s natural skills and dedication could see the WA girl representing her country as an Opal in the future and she said that is something she is striving for.
“I most definitely [want to be an Opal]. I’m in the squad for the Under19s now so the next step after that is the Emerging Opals and then hopefully one day I will be an Opal,” Garbin said.
Garbin will be joining other young WNBL player in the Gems team including Carley Mijovic (Dandenong), Mikhaela Donnelly (Logan), Casey Samuels (Canberra), Tenaya Phillips (Dandenong) and Stephanie Talbot (Adelaide).
The Under 19s team will be entering the Oceania competition aiming to earn their place in the FIBA World Championships in 2013 at Lithuania.