Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Autumn 2015 Contents The Principal, Andy Müller
writes in this Focus (p. 3)
about the three broad
programs the College offers
– the Academic, the Pastoral
and the Co-curricular. Year
12 student Dana Lester is
a fine example of a student
involved, and excelling, in
While showing a commitment to academic
excellence, Dana is fulfilling a valuable role on
the Student Executive while also pursuing two
of her sporting passions with distinction.
Dana recently captained the Tasmanian
18-and-under cricket side at national
championships in Ballarat and days later was
preparing to represent her state at the national
21-and-under netball titles in Caloundra
followed by the 19-and-under titles in Sydney.
Launceston-born, she grew up on a family
farm in Herrick and attended Winnaleah District
High School before moving to Launceston and
joining Scotch Oakburn from Year 7.
She played netball with Winnaleah, North-
East Netball Association rep sides and then
Generations and Spartans in the Northern
Tasmanian Netball Association and sought
to follow the pathway of fellow Winnaleah
teenager Kelsey Rainbow into state and
She has been in Scotch Oakburn’s
senior firsts since Year 9, winning the state
premiership three years running, has been
a Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship
holder for two years and has graduated into
the senior Cavaliers state league team having
won last year’s 19s premiership.
Along with fellow Cavalier and TIS
scholarship holder Shelby Miller, Dana will
co-captain the Tasmanian 19s at her fourth
national championships and is delighted to
also earn selection to the 21s. Both teams
are coached by Julie Hoornweg, Netball
Tasmania’s high performance manager who
has previously coached Melbourne Vixens
and Phoenix in the Australian Netball League
and internationally with England and Fiji.
“Her wealth of knowledge is amazing and
she has really helped me develop over the
last six months,” said Dana, who plays wing
defence and centre. “I feel I’m playing really
good netball now.
“It’s my first time at this level and it’s a
huge achievement to make the 21s.”
Dana said she would love to take her
netball to international level.
“Tasmania has been off the map for quite a
while so making the national side would be a
big thing. I would love to make the under-
19s in the next year. I’ve done a lot of work
towards that and it would be in my sights.
“This year will play a big part in how far
I go. I would like to aim for the ANL Tassie
Spirit side and go from there, maybe to a
Melbourne side. It all depends on school and
Dana’s other sporting love saw the left-arm
medium-fast bowler play with the North-East
Bushrangers in Scottsdale followed by the
Scotch Oakburn Year 8 team, with under-15
state commitments from Year 9.
Now captaining Launceston in the new
Northern women’s competition, Dana said
she was proud to lead Tasmania in a history-
making campaign at the under-18 national
“That was a huge privilege and we won
our first ever game at that level, beating the
Victorian Second XI. We lost our final but
ended up with the spirit of cricket award, and
from a captain’s point of view it was lovely to
get that and know that other teams respected
us and that we played in good spirit.
“Cricket is something I’ve really enjoyed
and am glad I’ve pursued. It’s broadened a
whole range of knowledge and exposed me
to another circle of friends and community
Dana said her rural roots helped nurture
her sporting pedigree.
“The North-East is good for providing a
foundation, but to pursue sports you have to
move into Launceston or face a lot of travel.
“W ith country sports you get plenty of
opportunities for involvement. You still
work hard but you’re not competing for
your position all the time and get plenty of
Dana is confident she can continue to
enjoy both netball and cricket.
“When people ask which I would choose
I say I love both for different reasons and
hopefully if I do have to choose it means I’ve
made it to the elite level, but until then I plan
to play both for as long as possible.”
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