West Coast Fever midcourter Jess Anstiss has today been named the Rebel Young Star of the Year, following another stellar season on and off the court.
Anstiss was selected by a panel of Suncorp Super Netball judges on the basis of her netball talents, sportsmanship and a connection to the community and charities.
A key pillar of rebel’s commitment to women in sport is to support and develop young female athletes, which includes the Rebel Young Leader Award.
The aim of the program is to ensure female athletes are given the best employment opportunities possible, by providing key skills and knowledge to develop and forge strong careers both on field and beyond.
On top of the $5,000 prize, Fever’s 2017 Most Valuable Player will have the opportunity to feature in rebel content, access to the rebel mentor program and a mentor session with a rebel ambassador.
The 21-year-old once again proved her versatility in 2018, playing in all three midcourt positions on her way to her maiden Samsung Diamonds selection.
West Coast Fever Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich congratulated Anstiss on the award.
“Jess is highly skilled in attack and defence and excels due to her high coachability and fierce competitiveness of the game,” Marinkovich said.
“She has proven time and time again she is able to support her team mates by playing her role, contributing in team meetings and continuing to give and receive feedback in every match.”
“What Jess does when no one is watching has the greatest impact on her standing in the Club, and she’s a trusted team mate that others look to under pressure.”
Anstiss played a pivotal role as Community Engagement Officer in the development and delivery of Netball WA’s Aboriginal Youth Gala Day, which won the Community Event of the Year Award, in conjunction the West Australian Football Commission, at the Sport & Recreation Industry Awards earlier this month.
The Aboriginal Youth Gala Day is a community netball competition for junior Aboriginal teams, with the aim of providing an opportunity for players to show their skills in a competition environment.
Anstiss also takes time to stay connected with her community club and can be regularly found assisting with a junior game, contributing at a fundraiser or taking the time to speak to players about club culture and leadership.
The youngster will step onto court as part of a history-making Fever side this Sunday, when the Club hosts their first ever Grand Final against the Sunshine Coast Lightning at Perth Arena.
The Club is urging the West Australian public to throw its support behind the team in 2019, and more information can be found here.
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UWA Sport Graduate Officer - Marketing, Communication and Events