In 2013, Cathedral Year 12 student Cara Koenen had a goal – to be playing for Australia in the Netball World Cup in 10 years. Fast forward to 2023, and Cara’s dream is now becoming a reality.

The World Cup announcement was a proud moment for Debbie Bennett-Rauch who coached Cara through her school career.

‘Cara was outstanding in each sport she played at our school. She was a natural athlete and played for the school in Water Polo, Aussie Rules, Swimming, Athletics, and Cross Country – but she was exceptional at Netball. Cara’s height and court speed developed in Years 11 and 12 and she began to gain selection for regional and state representative teams.

Cara was the Captain of our 2013 UK Tour Squad. On tour she played some great netball against some of England’s best school representatives.

We always knew she was special, but to Cara’s credit, she has worked exceptionally hard to put herself into the Diamond. Ten years after leaving Cathedral her dream has come true. She is going to the World Cup.’

– Debbie Bennett-Rauch

Cara joined The Cathedral School in Year 8 and along with her younger sister Alyssa –  became a powerful asset for Bede in the inter-house sporting carnivals. In her final year of school, Cara had been selected for both State and National representation in Netball.

In ‘The Dawn’ 2013 yearbook profile, Cara was asked: ‘Where will you be in 10 years?’ To which she answered,
‘Playing netball for Australia at the World Cup.’

Cara continued to pursue her dream. She is the leading goalscorer for the Sunshine Coast Lightning, has represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games and International Quad Series, and has now been named in the Australian Diamonds team. Cara will be playing in the Netball World Cup in South Africa. Ten years after her graduation.

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