Rising Kangaroo Island netball star Georgie Horjus has taken his career to the next level; be named to the Adelaide Thunderbirds team as a training partner.
Horjus, 18, was first introduced to the elite netball environment in 2019 when she became an Adelaide Thunderbirds Pathway athlete.
Originally from Parndana and moved to Adelaide to pursue her athletic career, Horjus will be joined in the squad by Tayla Williams, Chelsea Blackman and international rookie Beth Cobden.
Head coach Tania Obst said the four athletes have added diversity and depth to the squad and are a testament to the talent offered in South Africa.
“Georgie and Tayla have gone from track athletes to now training partners,” Obst said.
“They worked for 12 months in our Tbirds environment and showed progress in their technical and tactical development.
“Both have a natural feel to the game, which will help them prepare for success to the next level.”
2019 turned out to be a huge year for Horjus, who was raised in the Adelaide Thunderbirds squad which competed in the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup in March in Brisbane.
She was also one of two co-captains of the 2019 17U State Team that year.
Standing at 171cm tall, the young gun who plays both wing attack and goal attack will aim to impress coaches in the months to come.
In 2018, Horjus was the Premier League Grand Final Player of the Match
In 2017 and 2018, she won a gold medal at the national netball championships while playing on the 17U SA State team.
The 2020 Adelaide Thunderbirds season kicks off Sunday, May 3 as the team welcomes the Giants from 2:30 p.m. at Priceline Stadium.