NSWSwiftsTV caught up with 2015 NSW Swifts recruit Taylah Davies when the young midcourter popped into the Anne Clark Centre recently.
The familiar face is no stranger to Swifts fans, with the 20-year-old having filled in for the injured Paige Hadley on two occasions during the 2014 ANZ Championship as a replacement player.
History will show the NSW junior would soon after join Paige on the sidelines, after Taylah ruptured her ACL – the same injury as Paige – during her ANZ Championship debut against the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Round 3.
However six months post-surgery, Taylah admits she’s “exactly where I should be” in her rehabilitation, and is looking forward to joining Swifts teammates for her first full-time contract with the Club.
“I [feel] very privileged to put the Red back on – it was great news [to learn of my contract] and I can’t wait for the season ahead. Rehab is going really good… just started to do some ball work, which is quite hard but I’m [up] for the challenge,” Taylah told NSWSwiftsTV.
The long road to recovery isn’t without company for Taylah, who regularly joins Paige at the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) for strength and conditioning sessions, and there are plenty of similarities between the pair;
Taylah’s road to the ANZ Championship was a similar journey to that of Paige – both are NSW juniors who rose through the State Team ranks, they are midcourters, they had their first taste of ANZ Championship action as a replacement player for the Swifts… and it doesn’t end there! Both made their ANZ Championship debuts at Netball SA Stadium against the Thunderbirds – Paige in Round 1 of the 2012 season, Taylah Round 3 in 2014.
Now a full-time member of the 2015 playing roster, Taylah admits having already been around the Swifts team environment will help prepare her in her debut season.
“It was really good getting that bit of a taste; I can kind of prepare myself for what’s to come. It was quite intense but all the girls were so welcoming… so having that experience under my belt I think will help, especially with the training as it is definitely a different step up, but it should be good.”
While there is plenty of hard work ahead for the 2015 recruit – including a gruelling pre-season – the 20-year-old can count on receiving plenty of support throughout the season… and not just from Swifts Members and fans!
“My whole family, especially my Nan, are huge Swifts fans so they’ve already got their Memberships [and] they’re raring to go! They’re so excited just like myself,” Taylah concluded.
As Taylah continues to work hard during rehab, preparing to get stuck into pre-season training, find out a little bit more about Taylah both on and off the netball court below…
Six Things to Know About… Taylah Davies
On a flight to an away game I am likely to be… listening to music on my headphones or watching an in-flight movie.
My favourite item in my wardrobe is… any of my ‘cossies’ (swimmers) as I just love going to the beach.
My most embarrassing moment on court was… when I was younger I got braces, so my parents made me wear a mouthguard. In the first game that I wore it I yelled out for the ball, my mouthguard went flying and hit my opposition player in the face!
My game day routine is usually to… have my weetbix for brekky, eat healthy snacks throughout the day, keep hydrated, relax by listening to music, organise my bag and visit the bathroom quite a few times… whether it be because of nerves or drinking so much water!
The song I can’t get out of my head… All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor.
If I wasn’t a netballer, I would love to be… a professional athlete, maybe a 400m runner, or a personal trainer to celebrities while travelling the world.
Watch the full NSWSwiftsTV interview with Taylah Davies below:
Have you read some of the other catch-ups with 2015 players on nswswifts.com.au?
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