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For many young aspiring netball players, grading day or trials can be a tough hurdle to overcome - you know you can do the job but nerves can sometimes get the better of you. Aussie Diamond Nat Medhurst, shared with us some of her advice on what to do to help remain calm.

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As a netball player who has worked very hard to become an Australian Diamond; what advice can you offer aspiring netball players to help overcome nerves at grading day so they can focus on their game and show to their true potential?

Nat Medhurst: I always like to keep myself busy and interact with people, it helps to calm my nerves and I feel as though I am doing what I like to do - be social and enjoy the sport. Speaking to players at trials, before you head on to court can help relax you and calm your nerves.

During on court trials, don’t try and do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Remember what you are good at and what it is that you have to offer to the selectors. As you may be with players that you wouldn't normally play with, make sure you use your voice - call for the ball & encourage your teammates as it is also important to work well with those around you. The ability to be able to set up your teammates for good passages of play and goals, is just as important as getting the ball yourself.

During on court trials, don’t try and do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Remember what you are good at and what it is that you have to offer to the selectors.

Remember that nerves are extremely natural and that having them is a good thing as long as you are able to control them so they don't get the better of you. If you have been training hard and believe that you can get the job done in any other situation then make sure you remind yourself of that before you step out on to court. Nothing changes - the court and ball are still the same size and you aren’t being asked to go from a shooter to a defender.

Keep it simple, smile & enjoy it!!

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Nat Medhurst is a star goal shooter in the ANZ Netball Championship and for the Australian Diamonds. You can fan her on Facebook or follow her tweets on Twitter.