SBS television producers have courted one of Newcastle's young sporting stars as the face of a new TV show.
Year 12 Hunter Sports High student Tanisha Stanton will co-host NITV's sports program Barefoot Sunday, which premieres on October 13.
Barefoot Sunday is a grassroots sports show that will film short stories in regional and remote communities.
One of the producers remembered Stanton from a segment they filmed for the 2011 Deadly Awards, where Stanton won Most Promising New Talent in Sport.
Stanton said she was approached for the role and travelled down to the Sydney television studios for a screen test.
"At first I was a little nervous but I think I got the hang of it after a few takes," she said.
"It's such a great opportunity - I want to grab it with both hands and run with it and see where it takes me."
Stanton, aged 17, will juggle her HSC exams and shooting over the next few weeks, filming sports stories in Newcastle, Sydney and Perth.
Stanton is no stranger to the sporting field and is a keen touch footballer, representing Australia at the under-18s level, and was a member of the Australian Indigenous touch football mixed team, and has also previously won selection for the NSW Schools and Open teams.
She is also a current member of the netball NSW Blues team and made this year's Australian under-19 side.
Stanton said 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.
She also plans to continue playing in for NSW in the Australian Netball League next year.
■ Barefoot Sunday premieres on NITV on Sunday, October 13 at 3.30pm.