Bendigo Bank Spirit star Kerryn Harrington knows a thing or two about pushing her body to the limit.
She leaves everything on the court each week, harassing in defence and stretching every muscle she has to gain a fast break in attack.
While the 24 year old is having a standout season on the court, off the court, things are also going from strength to strength.
Kerryn has signed up for her Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University Bendigo.
“It follows on from my Bachelor of Exercise Science which I completed at the end of 2015,” she said.
“Physiotherapy was the career I always wanted to follow after basketball. Who knows I might end up being the team physiotherapist once my playing days are over. “
The importance of being able to study the course in her home town is not lost on Kerryn.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to compete at the highest level of professional basketball in the country and still have the opportunity to study my passion outside basketball and prepare for the future, all in my home town,” she said.
“There would be very few players who have the opportunity to do that.”
Back on the court, Kerryn is flying.
“I was very unsure at the beginning of the season where I would fit into the group that had achieved so much success in the past few seasons and with a new coaching group coming in,” she said.
“I just focused on what I could add to the group and tried to absorb so much of what the girls already had in place.
“As each game has come and gone I have felt more and more comfortable in the role that Simon and the coaching staff want me to play.
“We had such a tough start to the season but thankfully we pulled through with a number of tough road wins that have really put us in a great position to make a run at the finals.”
Kerryn said the atmosphere at training has been positive, but very tough.
“The girls are going great, training hard and just trying to improve each day,” she said.
“We have been very fortunate to stay relatively healthy and injury free. Training has been very competitive, which is a great thing, because we know that the only way to beat our opponents is to push and challenge each other during the week on the training court.”
And all that competitiveness is focused on one thing — Friday night’s blockbuster home game.
“The season is seriously about to heat up,” she said.
“Any win can shoot you to the top of the ladder and a loss can jeopardise your finals aspirations.
“Expect a fast, physical game on Friday night between two very high quality teams headed for the finals!”
Friday’s game tips off at 7.30pm.