MONTANA Farrah-Seaton didn’t know what to expect in Canberra.
Hopeful, of course, but certainly not bursting with confidence.
At 16, Farrah-Seaton set off for Basketball Australia’s elite development camp last week simply hoping to make the most of the experience.
Anything else would be a bonus.
The Catholic College Wodonga student from Albury was pleasantly surprised when she was told she’d be making the trip to New Zealand later this year as part of Australia’s under-19 team.
After being hand-picked to attend the camp, held at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence, Farrah-Seaton made the final cut and earned one of the 10 spots on offer for the Pacific Championships.
“I was just hoping for the best, as you always do,” Farrah-Seaton said.
“I just went there to see where I was at with the girls in my age group, just to see how I was going.
“To get in the team was amazing.”
Farrah-Seaton was one of just 20 top-shelf junior girls, from all over the country, selected for the camp.
Each player was evaluated, before Farrah-Seaton received the news in person on Friday that she would be heading across the Tasman at the end of November.
Her athletic ability, which shone through in the SEABL season with the Lady Bandits, was highlighted as one of her strengths.
Despite giving away size and a couple of years to most of her opponents, Farrah-Seaton said her breakout SEABL season had given her no fear of older opposition.
“It gives me a bit of confidence that I can do it,” Farrah-Seaton said.
“I still need to get stronger and more consistent.
“But this year showed me that I can play against older girls with more experience.
“It’s given me a lot of confidence — I definitely know that I can do it.”
What does Farrah-Seaton want to take out of the trip?
“Experience, pretty much,” Farrah-Seaton said.
“It will help me see where I am.
“I just need to keep making as many teams as I can.
“If I keep working hard on my game this could be a career.”