Dubbo's top talent selected for national netball carnival

THREE of Dubbo's brightest young talents will go up against Australia's best Indigenous netballers next month at the National Indigenous Carnival, held at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.

While three local girls making a state side is a great achievement, what makes this all the more special is all three girls are from the same family.

Melita Hampton and two of her nieces, Sedia Towney-Elemes and Tanika Kennedy, will travel to the Gold Coast on January 16 and Melita's mother Valda Hampton said the whole family is excited to go and support the girls.

"We just can't pack the car quick enough," she said.

"It's a dream come true."

All three girls play locally at Dubbo but this marks the first time they've been in a representative squad and Hampton said it was great reward for their athletic talents.

"Netball is not their only game, Melita plays a lot of basketbal,l but they're all so talented and they're all-round sportspeople who are very athletic," she said.

The National Indigenous carnival runs from January 18-22 with teams from Queensland, ACT, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory join NSW in the competition.

Sixteen-year-olds Hampton and Towney-Elemes will be part of the open (under-18s) side while Kennedy will be in the under-14s team at just 12 years of age.

All three will be up against girls up to two years older than them but Valda Hampton believes all three are capable of being part of the Indigenous Sports Schools Australia side which will be named at the conclusion of the carnival.

That team will then compete at the International Schoolgirls Challenge in Adelaide in May of next year.

"The girls were over the moon when they found out they made the teams," she said.

"They've been to the Gold Coast before but this time it's for some work as well as a holiday and I'm sure they're good enough to make the Australian team."

A group of up to 20 family and friends would be making the trip up north and Valda Hampton said the whole family couldn't wait to be a part of the carnival.

"We're all over the moon, it's caused us all to start packing and organising how we're going to be up there," she said.

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