DURHAM, N.C.— In April, Duke women’s basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie added talented Australian guard Miela Goodchild to the 2018 recruiting class. Goodchild, a 5-10 combo guard out of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is expected to provide an immediate impact with the Blue Devils in 2018-19.
Earlier this month, Goodchild participated in an Australian Under-19 women’s camp for three days in preparation for the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship, which will be held in India this October.
Get to know the future Blue Devil:
You recently signed with Duke. How excited are you to be joining the Duke family?
I am so incredibly excited to be joining the Duke family! The Duke culture and tradition is so renowned with great coaches, players and the Cameron Crazies and I can’t wait to be apart it all!!
What was it about Duke that made you want to spend four years here?
What attracted me to Duke was that it truly had it all!! The basketball program is one of the best and I know I will definitely grow and develop as a player under Coach P. in a great conference. On the other side, academically getting a degree from Duke, on its beautiful campus and one of the best colleges in the world, it’s the best of both worlds!!
For those that don’t know much about your game, what kind of player are you and what will you try to bring to the court for Duke?
I’m a combo guard who loves the unpredictability of the game and will never give up, I bring three-pointers, ball pressure, 1%ers diving on balls, competitiveness, moves at the rim and pull ups
What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you are away from basketball?
When I’m away from basketball I enjoy doing outdoor activities like hiking, going to the beach, etc. I enjoy trying new foods at food markets and spending time in the kitchen cooking, everything from making my own ravioli from scratch to healthy clean eating foods. I also like fashion, traveling and learning about new cultures.
Do you know of Duke alumna and fellow Australian Jessica Foley, who was famous for knocking down the three-pointer to beat UConn during her career?
Yes, I definitely know of Jessica Foley and her three-point shot at Duke! She is an absolute legend and awesome Australian basketball player. Fun fact she also played for the Townsville Fire WNBL team, who I played for last year. I’m so excited and honored to be following in her footsteps as a Blue Devil!
What are your plans for the summer?
For the summer, I’m working on and adding new parts to my game. I’m living in Townsville, which is 15-hour drive from my home town to play for the Townsville Flames in the Queensland Basketball Women’s League which has been great so far.
You recently attended the Australian Under-19 women’s camp. How was that experience?
I had a great time at the U-19 Gems camp and was happy with my performance! This was my sixth Australian camp I have attended. Going to an Australian camp is always an awesome experience competing against the top players in your country within the age group. I always learn a lot and come away with new areas to develop and work on as well as new friends.
Are there any parts of your game that you plan on working on this summer?
Yes, definitely I’m always looking for ways to better my game. I plan on building and sharpening all areas of my games as well as off the court hitting the weights and getting stronger.