What’s on the table for one of the Mid West’s hottest young sports stars? Kobi Toomath is planning to go as far as she can with her sports, but it looks likely she’ll be staying in Geraldton. In a normal season, she’d be playing A-grade women’s basketball and travelling to Perth to compete with Geraldton’s Think Water Waves in the metro netball competition. By comparison, this is a bit of a quiet year — at 16, so far this year she’s only won best and fairest in women’s A-grade water polo, travelled to Brisbane to the junior nationals, and won women’s country week in the Pilbara while playing on an Olympic medallist in the grand final. “Kobi loves polo,” mum Ronnie said in a recent interview. “They (water polo players) love the swimming and they love the contest.” As well as playing water polo, Kobi coaches and umpires, giving her a strong knowledge of the sport, Ronnie said. “They’ve really got to learn the game,” she said. “It gives them that respect and knowledge.” She said water polo allowed people to increase their fitness and play a team game with a lower risk of injury than many land-based sports. “The fitness, the team side of it’s excellent,” she said. It also offered opportunities to travel. In January, Kobi travelled with Perth-based Triton’s under-18s side to the water polo nationals in Brisbane, competing and watching US-Australia test matches ahead of the Olympics. She also got to meet US women’s player Maggie Steffens, one of the world’s best, Ronnie said. In February, she won best and fairest as Demons won the A-grade women’s grand final in the Geraldton competition. Later that same month, she headed off with the Geraldton sides to country week in Port Hedland, winning the women’s grand final in March. “That final up in Hedland, she didn’t even get out of the water,” Ronnie said. “She played Simone Fountain.” That’s an achievement — Fountain, nee Hankin, won gold at the Sydney Olympics. Ronnie said the experience of travelling to nationals and the country championships had helped Kobi and a group of other girls from Geraldton making headway in the game. “They’re young, they’re fit and they’re gaining experience,” she said. What’s on the table now for Kobi? “She’s just finishing Year 12 now,” Ronnie said. While opportunity beckons in the city, she’s likely to stay in the country. “She’s hoping to do an EA (education assistant qualification) next year, and do that in Geraldton,” Ronnie said.