Camden netballer Amy Sligar is looking forward to the pre- season.
That can't be right. Can it? An athlete looking forward to the rigours of countless hours of fitness sessions and Julie Fitzgerald's tough agility drills?
"I'm one of those weird people that enjoy running," said Amy, who recently signed her first senior contact with the Giants netball club.
"I've never been so excited for pre-season before and to start training. When you're training with this group of girls we have it's pretty encouraging and makes the tough times not so bad."
The 19-year-old is looking to add to her three Super Netball caps in 2022 after spending this season as a training partner with the Giants.
Her debut game was "quite unexpected", being promoted to the starting line-up on the morning of the match after the late scratchings of Amy Parmenter and Kristiana Manu'a .
Sligar said she wanted to be a "sponge" and learn off the likes of Jo Harden and fellow mid-courters Maddie Hay, Jamie-Lee Price and Parmenter.
"To play elite netball has been a dream of mine since I started playing netball and it is crazy to think that some of my idols are now going to be my teammates," said Sligar, who played her junior netball at Bringelly Netball Club.
"I have loved every minute of my time at the Giants so far and I am excited to continue on as a full-time contracted athlete next season.
"I'm very grateful to be a part of the Giants family and excited to begin our 2022 season as we aim to build on the success of previous years."
Sligar has spent knockdown hard in training with a familiar face - twin sister Natalie.
The pair, who are are both members of the NSW under-19 team, have been regulars at the Narellan Sports Hub netball courts in preparation for the new season.
Amy starts pre-season with the Giants on October 18.
After getting a taste of the big time last season, the under-21 Netball World Youth Cup squad member wants to continue her development this season after spending the back half of the season training in Sydney while the Giants went into various hubs on their way to the grand final.
The Camden Netball Association and South West Sydney Academy of Sport representative player along with fellow pathway athlete Matisse Letherbarrow round out the Giants 2022 squad.