AFTER a whirlwind few weeks of travelling, medical checks and packing, Heywood basketball star Nicola Handreck is about to say goodbye to the Australian summer as she looks to begin her American basketball college career.
The 18-year-old guard will fly to the USA on Friday to start a four month preparation phase for what will be a four-year stint with Newbury College in South Carolina.
While it might be a shock to go from a Portland summer to a Newbury winter, the adjustment should be helped by the two locations being similar in size, with Handreck’s new College being a relatively small National Collegiate Athletics Association division two college of about 1,100 people.
Handreck said she was excited but scared of the coming months, saying after around three years of working towards the goal the final stages had seemed to creep up very quickly.
“It has been a bit of a rush, because I just got back from New Zealand,” Handreck said.
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.