For White Sox and Junior White Sox player Danica Ferriso it was a feeling of excitement when she heard her name for the Hutt City 2013 Young Sportswoman of the Year being announced.
She was glad her Dad was not seated with her at the finalists table. "Anyone that knows my dad will know that he is not renowned for being quiet and composed."
"I was stoked that I won. The previous year I was a finalist and did not win, so my expectations this time around were more subdued."Danica has always had a love for softball and netball working up to international level in softball and Premier 1 level in netball.
Danica says having parents who are involved in sport is important as they understand the support and encouragement a top sportsperson needs to push themselves to the highest level.
"Having won the Hutt City Young Sportswoman of the Year and continuing to perform well in softball could open doors to a softball scholarship overseas," she says.
Softball and netball are seasonal. This usually works out well, but there has been juggling with her summer and winter codes in the past few years due to the Softball World Series being held in the Northern Hemisphere summer. She is thankful her netball coaches have been very understanding and supportive when she has been unable to attend a training or game due to softball commitments.
"What I love most about being involved in sport is the people you meet and the friendships that you make.
"What Danica enjoys most about Hutt City is the community feel and when she is not playing sport she spends most of her time hanging out with friends and family.
Danica would love to further her career in softball and netball, however, if this does not work out, she says her love for cooking, or graphic design, is what she will pursue.