Southside Flyers young gun Steph Reid is learning from her role model each and every day.
The 23-year-old point guard is relishing every moment training and playing with team mate and Opals star Leilani Mitchell, a player she has long modelled her own game on.
“We did these surveys at the start of the season and one of the questions asked was who you looked up to and I had to ask a couple of team mates if I could put my own team mate as that person, because I look up to Leilani,’’ she told The Chemist Warehouse WNBL Show.
“Since the last Olympics (Rio, 2016) I’ve really loved Leilani’s game and how she plays and now having the opportunity to be on the court with her every day in training, I just feel I grow every day.
“She’s an amazing mentor as well; she always helps me in her spare time and at practice and I love it.
“Leilani’s game is what I want to be able to get to eventually so being able to watch how she uses her dribbles efficiently, the way she sees the floor… I feel like being around her every day, even if a little bit rubs off on me that would be great.”
Reid is in the middle of her second WNBL season, having debuted with the Dandenong Rangers in 2018-19, and after a standout campaign with Frankston in NBL1 is focused on growth and improvement.
“Leilani is just one of the players I learn from at Southside. Having Jenna (O’Hea), Coley (Bec Cole), Sara (Blicavs) and Aimie (Clydesdale) helps me a lot too. It’s such a great opportunity to be around them every day,’’ she said.
“They are professional athletes and the way they carry themselves on and off the court is something I really pay attention to and love and adore that. The work ethic, the ability to get after each other at training then step off the court and be best friends and be sisters, it’s just those little things.”
Listen to Steph Reid on the Chemist Warehouse WNBL Show here.
The Chemist Warehouse WNBL Show drops every Wednesday during the #WNBL20 season.