HAVEN'S Jordie McAuliffe will help lead Victoria's 12 and under netball squad at the School Sport Australia netball championships after being named vice-captain of the side.
The School Sport Victoria team will compete at the championships in Maitland, NSW between Sunday and September 6.
The Victorian team will compete against every other state and territory except Tasmania.
McAuliffe, 12, was named vice-captain at a Melbourne presentation two weeks ago, after learning she would be part of the squad in June.
She received her Victorian uniform from friend, Edenhope-Apsley's Sacha McDonald, who played in last year's gold medal-winning Victorian 12 and under netball team.
McAuliffe, who plays for Kalkee in the Horsham District Netball Association, said she was surprised when coach Jenny McCann read out her name as vice-captain, but was happy to be a team leader.
"I wasn't expecting it at all so I was pretty surprised when she said my name," she said.
"I'm pretty loud on the court and I like to encourage my team-mates so I think that was why they made me vice-captain."
McAuliffe said she was hopeful the 12 and under team could win back-to-back gold medals.
She will serve as vice-captain under Abbey Ellis, who was part of last year's team.
The championships include team bonding opportunities and an educational excursion to the historic Maitland Jail.
McAuliffe's mother Tracee said it would be a fantastic opportunity for Jordie to meet other Australian netballers and make new friends.
"Jordie has been travelling four hours to and from Melbourne each Sunday for the past 10 weeks to train in the team, so it's been a big effort but it's all worth it," she said.
"They're a great bunch of girls on the team and it's a learning experience as much as a competition."
Jordie said she felt confident about her team's chances and thanked her parents for helping her make the team.