Heading to his second Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Championships in Adelaide next month, Patrick Timmers is ready to shoot goals — literally and figuratively — on court.
Following his selection in Victoria’s under-17 championships team last year, Timmers was again successful in trying out for the same squad this year.
“Last August I tried out again and got in,” Timmers said.
“I’ve been training every Sunday down in Melbourne since then.”
With an extra year of experience now behind the 16-year-old, Timmers said he would know exactly what to expect from his competition when they face off again.
“We did quite well against the other states last year, but lost in the preliminary final to Queensland,” Timmers said.
“Hopefully we’ll get to the grand final this time and give that a shot.”
The Cathedral College student will also look to the state championships later this year, with the hope of winning back-to-back grand finals with his state club, before trying out for the national team once again.
On an individual front, one of Timmers’ biggest goals this year is to work on his strength and conditioning.
“It’s all about trying to avoid injury,” he said.
“I was lucky I didn’t get anything last year except for some blisters.
“But if you didn’t do the program, it showed. Ankles and knees went straight away.
“And I need to practice my goals to make I sure I get them in.”
With the pressure squarely on Timmers’ shoulders to convert the rest of his team's work down the court, the teen believed he was “calm and collected” enough to withstand the pressure of the championships.
“We practice so much, so we know what to do and that calms us down,” he said.
Timmers’ journey to the championships will be assisted by the backing of the Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust, which will help cover accommodation and travel fees, as well as uniform and equipment needs.
Trustee Bill Sykes said he was thrilled Timmers was doing well and achieving high levels of success in his chosen sport.
“I’ve seen Patrick mature and grow as a person in the last 12 months and I know his high-level success in sport is contributing to him growing as a person,” Sykes said.
“That is what we want to do as the Trust, is to encourage our kids to achieve their dreams, but grow as people.”