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West Australian sharpshooter completes incredible netball rise with selection in Australian Diamonds’ Commomwealth Games squad

Donnell Wallam has completed her meteoric rise from Super Netball train-on player to Diamond, with the Queensland Firebirds star named in Australia’s 18-player extended squad for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Wallam is the first Indigenous Australian to make the Diamonds since Sharon Finnan-White in 1990 and only the third overall, after Finnan-White and Marcia Ella-Duncan.

The 28-year-old has shot 210 goals from 244 attempts in her first five games for the Firebirds to put herself in prime position to take on the shooter position vacated by Caitlin Bassett’s retirement.

It adds to a remarkable rise for Wallam, who was invited to train with the Firebirds squad in January, then turned in a star performance in the pre-season cup to earn a contract as a replacement for Romelda Aiken-George who is on maternity leave.

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