Sophie Garbin shares her experiences from the 20/U National Squad camp this week at Netball’s Centre of Excellence. The camp leads into the 20/U International Series, made possible thanks to the support of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association through its NextGEN AUSComGames program.
“This year’s Australian 20/U National Squad camp was something that myself and the rest of the squad have been looking forward to since the squad was announced in May. There is a lot for us to be excited about as 12 girls from this group with make up the Australian 21/U team that will travel to Botswana for the World Youth Cup in July 2017.
The camp officially kicked off Sunday night with our first squad meeting. It is always exciting coming to the AIS and being with all the girls from the other states as we may only get to see each other once or twice a year.
Monday morning, we hit the courts for the first specialist session which was run by some of Australia’s best coaches including netball legend Jill Macintosh. Us shooters were also lucky enough to receive coaching from present Australian Diamonds Squad member, Susan Pettitt. After the session we headed to one of our favourite places at the AIS, the recovery centre.
Monday night we hit the courts again for another specialist session. The shooter specialist sessions were mainly focused on forming connections, as we only had a short time before match play commenced it was really important that we form solid combinations quickly.
Tuesday involved another morning specialist session followed by an afternoon group session. In between we received massages and treatment by our awesome medical team.
On Wednesday we had a light group session in the morning before we hit the courts the next day for the first day of competition.
I have learnt so much from the past few days of specialist coaching and can’t wait to get out on court and show England and New Zealand why Australia is the world’s best netballing nation!”