Westport teenager makes Tactix squad

By Viv Logie

Westport teenager Charlotte Elley has become the youngest netballer to be selected in the Canterbury Tactix train-on squad.
The 17-year-old, a Year 12 student at St Andrew’s College in Christchurch, has flourished in the sport since crossing the alps.
She is a member of the school’s A netball team that finished seventh at the South Island Seconday School Tournament and was named in the tournament team.
Earlier in the season, Elley was selected in the Canterbury under-17 side that went on to win the national title. At nationals she was selected in the tournament team. She also trialled for the New Zealand secondary schools netball team at the start of the year.
Elley plays wing defence, goal defence and centre.
She was spotted by Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs last year when she was playing basketball for Buller High School, at a tournament in Dunedin.
Gibbs told the Greymouth Star that Elley was multi-talented.
Players who made the train-on squad were athletes who showed the potential and the attitude that Tactix coaches were looking for, Gibbs said.
“We are looking for players who we think will develop to a level further down the track and step up to the ANZ netball competition level. Charlotte is a huge potential. She has a real hard work ethic and she is a very coachable player.”
While it was unlikely that Elley would step on the court for the Tactix next season, Gibbs said: “You just never know”.
Elley is also a talented basketballer, playing for the University team in Christchurch in the premier women’s grade, as well as the St Andrew’s A team. She was also a part of the 2012 under-17 emerging Junior Tall Ferns team.