Our next World Youth Cup campaign begins now

_DMC6332LiIt’s exciting times for Australian netball as we head into the next block of our national championships next week.

The best athletes from all our states and territories will be on show at the Waverley Netball Centre in Melbourne from next Monday in the 17/U and 19/U age groups.

This group of talented young athletes will essentially form the basis of Australia’s next 21/U Netball World Youth Cup team to compete at the 2017 event in the African nation of Botswana.

Our planning for this benchmark event needs to reflect the four-year cycle, to work hard at developing the talent and unearth the next generation of Australian Diamonds.

This is the reason that these underage national championships are so critically important in our High Performance system.

The National Selectors, under the direction of our National Pathway Manager Stacey West, will be examining all athletes in great detail with this brief firmly in mind.

Who has the potential to represent the Diamonds in the future and also to reclaim the 21/U Netball World Youth Cup crown in 2017? NA_NNC_17_19_FC_Grad_Pos

So if you get a chance, head along to the Waverley Netball Centre and catch some of the action from Monday to Saturday next week.

This week saw the reappointment of the Australian Fast5 Flyers’ coaching panel for this year’s Fast5 World Netball Series and it’s great to see the creative and strong line-up of Jane Searle (coach) and Jane Woodlands-Thompson (assistant) in charge.

As head coach, Jane Searle will again put her mind to creating the best technical and tactical environment to utilise the talents of the athletes chosen specifically for this team.

We are looking forward to watching The Flyers build on our best ever result last year and go one step better and win the title in November.

It was pleasing to see that the Australian teams tipped the balance in our favour in last week’s ANZ Championship `trans-Tasman’ round.

As everyone has predicted it’s going to be a very close, hard-fought competition in 2014.

Go Aussie Teams!

Go Diamonds!

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