WHEN it comes to strength in the sporting arena, they don't get much stronger than Prairiewood High School's volleyball squad.
Four of the girls recently took part in the SWS Team which won the NSW CHSSA High Schools Volleyball Championship at Minto Indoor Sports Centre.
Team captain Gaby Pese, Darlene Loau [year 12], Rosie Cowly [year 10] and Leylani Pese [year nine], flew the Prairiewood flag during the competition.
So impressive were the girls, that they were each selected in the NSW CHS Team which contested the Trans-Tasman Tournament in the Bay of Plenty between North Island, South Island and Queensland.
Gaby was honoured to be named captain of the combined open girls team.
The girls are trained by Prairiewood High School teachers Kim Oates and Alison Pool.
"In five years the SSW Team has won three gold and two silver medals ... a tremendous effort," said Miss Oates.
Gaby's performance in the Trans-Tasman tournament led to her selection in the Australian Schools Team, which beat New Zealand in a one-off test match.
Cousin Laylani has been selected as captain of the NSW All Schools team which will compete in the 15 and under School Sport Australian Championships in Adelaide in August.
In return for their on court success, the schools team and coaches were chosen by the International Volleyball Federation to attend the International World League Round of Australia's Volleyroos Men against Canada's Olympic Men's team as courtball crew.
The local squad has also been appointed officials for the World League Finals at Sydney Olympic Park, where Australia will be playing for a gold medal.
Prairiewood's most recent success was at the Sydney South-West Regional Championships, where the squad beat teams from James Meehan and Cabramatta. They also finished second and claimed their first medal at the NSW CHSSA Schools Knockout Finals at Minto.
"We are really proud of this fantastic team with their excellent efforts, results, and sportsmanship," the coaches agreed.