Sunday Aryang is verging on an international debut after being named in the Australian side to take on South Africa in London on Sunday night.
Aryang comes into the team for goal defender Jo Weston, who helped the Diamonds defeat New Zealand 53-39 in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 21-year-old’s rise from train on to possible Diamond has been nothing short of extraordinary, with the defender playing just 31 games since her debut in 2019.
Aryang was born in Ethopia and will become the first African-born Diamond should she take the court.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I guess it’s finally coming true,” Aryang told The West Australian after being named in the squad last year.
“It’s kind of crazy how quick it’s moved and how much my netball has progressed over the years.
“It means so much to me obviously coming from a different country, moving to Australia at a young age and growing up in the Australian culture and now being recognised for my netball as well, which is great.”
Former Fever coach and current Diamonds head coach Stacey Marinkovich was impressed with Aryang in the training camp.
“You can tell that she’s done the work in the pre-season in club land,” Marinkovich said.
“Now it’s just her ability to get those connections with the people around her.
“She obviously has that level of comfort working with (Fever captain) Courtney (Bruce) and now it’s just enhancing that within the squad.”