WESTERN Sydney Academy of Sport athlete Natasha Young will take her first step towards a college career in softball after being chosen to represent Australia in the All-Schools team.
The Blacktown resident has moved through the grades, starting from her local zone team to the top of the class in the green and gold.
Her stellar performances for the state side helped book her ticket to the United States where she and her Australian teammates will take on the best players in Hawaii later this month.
Young, who started playing when she was four, said she would be out to show how good players from the Greystanes Giants are.
"I like to hit towards left field," she said.
"I still want to improve my consistency with my batting and I'm always happy to get help to improve my game."
The 17-year-old said her preparation had already started, not just on the field with training.
"We've got a few videos of them playing to watch so we'll be doing our homework on them," Natasha said.
The side jets off to Hawaii on September 24, and knows it's her first great opportunity to impress on the world stage.
"I want to get to the United States one day and play college softball," she said. "It's pretty big over there."