Charlotte Kight is up to her ears in study books but admits she will have to find room for a little more when it comes to her first Silver Ferns tour.
The Tactix defender, who is from Hawke's Bay, was one of two new faces yesterday named in the Ferns squad for next month's tour to England and Jamaica.
Central Pulse midcourter Camilla Lees was the other youngster named, while Auckland's Grace Rasmussen will travel as a training partner.
"It's an amazing end to the year and I'm really excited with the opportunity," Kight said.
Since her return from Rarotonga last month, where she helped the New Zealand under-21 team to silver at the world youth championships, Kight has hit the books in a bid to catch up on her university law studies.
"I'm all up to date but I've been on a massive catch-up spree since getting back from the worlds because I missed quite a chunk of class then."
But she will have to find extra room in her bags to stow her books in England and Jamaica with a law exam looming the day after she returns from tour.
"I've started studying for that already but it's going to take a lot of discipline while I'm away."
She will, however, be in good company, with Lees studying for medical exams at the end of the year.
And despite Kight's rookie status in the squad, she is ready to put forward one request to management rooming with her fellow student.
"It's so hard if your room-mate is watching movies and sleeping and you're trying to memorise case names," she said with a laugh.
Kight's selection caps a year of firsts first time in the starting seven for the Tactix, first time a regular in the starting seven of the national under-21 side, first time for selection in the Ferns squad, first tour as a Silver Fern. It will also be Kight's first trip to England.
"What a bonus," she said.
Court time will be a goal but with the Ferns finally finding the right mix on defence in the series against Australia, it will be a tough ask to break into the seven.
"Really, I'll just be acting like a sponge," Kight said. "Just absolutely soaking up as much information as I can, and I'm just looking forward to being in that A-grade environment."
Her best chances of wearing the black dress could come in the new World Series in Manchester netball's version of Twenty20 cricket and rugby sevens.
Kight said the series would be an interesting concept. "I imagine it will make the game faster, although how much faster can netball get?" she said. "I don't know anything about the power-play so I'll have to read up on that before we go."
Just one more thing to study.
Positions: GD, GK Height: 1.83m Age: 21 Caps: 0 National squad/s: Silver Ferns Squad 2009, NZU21 2006-2009 ANZ Championship: Canterbury Tactix 2008-2009 National Bank Cup: Flames 2007, Flyers 2005-2006
- The Press