Edenhope netballer Sacha McDonald has been named captain of the under-19 team Victorian state team ahead of the National Netball Championships in Brisbane next month.
McDonald was voted in by her peers and coaching staff, and said she was thrilled to be given the opportunity.
"It is a real honour for me to be a leader of this group, and to know I have the backing of everyone and that my team-mates wanted me to be the person to lead the team is really special," she said.
"Knowing that they back you on and off the court to be a leader makes it even more special. It's something I won't take for granted.
"I haven't had too many opportunities in leadership positions. I was vice-captain in the 17s but this is my first time being named captain, so it's a real honour for me."
McDonald will be supported by team-mates Allie Smith and Gabby Coffey in their roles as vice-captains.
McDonald said while she had the title of captain, she expected the whole team to help her in providing leadership.
"It was obviously a bit unexpected when they announced it," she said.
"I have a bit of experience in the state team program and with the Fury before, so naturally I was going to try to bring some leadership to the team just from my experience.
"It's really exciting, but at the same time I think the team and the coaches are going to look to everyone to bring leadership."
The new role continues an incredible run of achievements for McDonald, after she made her competitive debut with the Melbourne Vixens at a pre-season competition in Brisbane this month.
The national championships start on April 11.