Tanisha Stanton juggles HSC, TV, rep netball

NEWCASTLE netballer Tanisha Stanton has more than one ball in the air as she lands her first hosting gig on television.

It's not surprising for the 17-year-old from Hunter Sports High School in Gateshead who juggled playing representative touch football and netball for many years before finally choosing netball this year.

Now she is filming the initial episodes of the indigenous sport and current affairs program, Barefoot Sunday, in the lead-up to sitting her first HSC exam on October 14.

Stanton co-hosts the program with actor and Play School presenter Luke Carroll.

"It's been really good. He's a great role model for me," Stanton said.

"When I was little I wanted to be a sports presenter but I never thought I'd get this opportunity."

The teenager is a current member of the netball NSW Blues team and made this year's Australian under-19 side.

She plans to move to Sydney next year after being offered a scholarship to complete her Certificates III and IV in Fitness through the NSW Institute of Sport.

However, first she will visit Raymond Terrace this weekend to film a segment at the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout competition.

The tournament, also known as the NSW Koori Knockout, is expected to attract more than 20,000 people to the area.

At just 15 years of age, Stanton won most promising sports talent at the 2011 Deadly awards and featured on SBS television program Living Black the same year.

Barefoot Sunday combines on-field action and interviews with stories from regional and remote communities.

"Most of my family are from Goodooga near the Queensland border and I know my cousins haven't had the same opportunities I've had living in Newcastle," the fledgling TV host said.

"I know where a lot of talented young sports stars are coming from and they don't always have much."

Barefoot Sunday premieres on NITV on Sunday, October 13, at 3.30pm.

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