Otaki's Te Paea Selby-Rickit has been named in the New Zealand under-21 netball squad.
The 16-strong squad will be reduced to 12 in February for the World Youth Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in August.
Coach Janine Southby said the squad has the talent to win next year.
''The players in this squad have impressed me with their on court performances at the Lion Foundation Netball Championships, during the NZU21 tour to Australia and at age group level,'' she said.
''They have shown the level of commitment and determination needed to create a winning team culture.''
Selby-Rickit has been selected on the back of an impressive national
provincial championship campaign, helping lead her Otago team to the title.
The 20-year-old was named player of the match in the provincial final against Trust Waikato, which Otago won 59-57.
Selby-Rickit was deadly in the circle during the final, netting 42 of her 44 shots at goals for a 95 per cent accuracy rate.
That included a last minute goal to all but end the match, giving Otago their eventual two-goal winning margin.
It was Otago's first national title since 1998.
Selby-Rickit will play for the Southern Steel in the 2013 ANZ Championshi
- Kapiti Observer