Netballer Kim Ravaillion is another sporting success story from south west Sydney.
The 20-year-old is one of the bright young talents in netball and made her debut for the Australian Diamonds last year.
She also played 15 games for the Queensland Firebirds in the ANZ Championship in 2013.
The ANZ competition is the premier netball championship between Australian and New Zealand teams.
Ravaillion is now preparing for the 2014 ANZ Championship season which starts on March 1.
Again she will be in Firebirds’ colours this season.
Keen netball judges will tell you the girl from Yennora is one of the emerging stars on the court.
She attended Yennora Public School.
Once her primary school days were over, Ravaillion first went to Chester Hill High School and then moved to Westfields Sports High School in year 10 to become part of their netball program.
It was apparent in her high school years that she was a special player, one destined for higher honours.
As a youngster she played for the Hotshots club in Fairfield City District Netball Association.
Many years of playing and training at Endeavour Sports Reserve at Fairfield West reaped dividends for the local girl.
This led to representative netball for her local association at Fairfield, and then NSW age teams. Then for the Australian under-21 team at the World Youth championships last year in Glasgow.
Then the real big time, selected in the open age women’s national team, the Australian Diamonds at the age of 20.
As a child her dream was to play for Australia and she only had to wait 20 years to achieve it.
Ravaillion is a shining light in south west Sydney and a prime example that a girl or boy from anywhere in these communities can make their dreams come true with hard work and tenacity.
This year there is also the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with Ravaillion part of the training squad for the major international event.
Ravaillion is also smart, securing her future by becoming a qualified personal trainer.