Camps help to fast track next generation of talent

2014 17/U and 19U National ChampionshipsA unique approach is being taken to fast track the development of the next generation of Australian Diamonds with the country’s brightest up-and-coming talent to attend a series of specialist camps in September.

A number of athletes have been identified to attend the camps, being held over five days at the Netball Centre of Excellence in Canberra starting on 1-5 September and running through until 21-25 September.

The athletes chosen are:

Defence: Kristiana Man’ua (NSW), Clare McMeniman (QLD/Queensland Firebirds), Kate Shimmin (SA/Adelaide Thunderbirds), Amy Steel (Victoria/Adelaide Thunderbirds), Maddie Turner (SA).

Shooting: Kristina Brice (NSW), Karyn Bailey (NT/Melbourne Vixens), Cara Koenen (QLD), Chelsea Lemke (SA), Alice Teague-Neeld (Victoria), Georgie Virgo (SA).

Tall defenders: Maddy Balson (Victoria), Jane Cook (Victoria), Prudence Ellis (NSW), Annika Lee-Jones (WA), Nicole Lendich (WA), Isabella McDonald (NT), Mikayla Upton (NSW).

Centre/Wing Attack: Kelly Altmann (SA), Verity Simmons (NSW/Queensland Firebirds), Liz Watson (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens).

Centre /Wing Defence: Maddie Hay (NSW), Madeline McAuliffe (Queensland), Kate Moloney (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens), Gabi Simpson (NSW/Queensland Firebirds). 2014 Round 10 ANZ Championship gameThunderbirds v Fever

The athletes will receive specialist, individualised coaching from former Australian players and high performance coaches Jane Searle (defence), Sue Hawkins (shooting), Jill McIntosh (centre/wing attack), Nicole Richardson (centre/wing defence) and Cathy Fellows (tall defenders).

Centre of Excellence head coach Michelle den Dekker said the specialist camps were a fantastic opportunity for the chosen athletes to further their careers.

“The Netball Centre of Excellence specialist camp program will provide athletes with exposure to specific technical and tactical expertise and integrated strength and conditioning programs that will be required by the athletes to succeed at the next level,” den Dekker said.

“This individualised tailored approach will extend an opportunity for the Netball Centre of Excellence program to work closely with the ANZ Championship and SIS/SAS coaches and programs to ensure seamless transition occurs for our next generation of potential International athletes.

“The Netball Centre of Excellence aims to produce athletes that are accountable and resilient to the pressures in the life of an elite athlete.”