SOUTH AUSTRALIANS TO LEAD WORLD YOUTH NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS DEFENCE

The good news continues for South Australian netball with the announcement of Maddy Proud as captain and Kate Shimmin as vice-captain of the Australian 21/U team that will travel to Glasgow to defend its World Youth Netball Championships title in August.

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The announcement of the two young South Australians to leaderships roles follows the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ thrillng ANZ Championship title win in Adelaide last weekend.

The World Youth Netball Championships, which run from 22 – 31 August, have launched the careers of some of netball’s most recognisable athletes inlcluding Liz Ellis, Catherine Cox, Julie Corletto, Laura Geitz and Madison Browne.

Proud said she was both humbled and excited by the appointment.  “I am honoured to lead such a talented group of girls to what will be the biggest event in our netball careers so far.

“The World Youth Netball Championships only come around every four years so I am very excited to be a captain of Australia at such a significant event.”

Carol Byers, coach of the Australian 21/U team, said that the two players were obvious choices for the leaderships positions.

“Maddy is a natural leader both on and off the court and has demonstrated a fantastic ability to lead the team.  She will be ably supported by Kate’s passion and maturity.  They both demonstrate high performance behavious and have high expectations of the team.”

Proud and Shimmin will lead an experienced team that includes seven players with ANZ Championship experience, including Kim Ravaillion who has already made her international Test debut with the Australian Diamonds.  Shimmin herself was part of the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ winning team line-up last weekend.

Diamonds coach and Australian 21/U selector said she’s looking forward to seeing the next generation of Diamonds take the international stage.

“I’m excited to see our up and coming athletes step up against their peers from around the world, giving these athletes their first taste of a world championship competition,” Alexander said.

Australia, named in Group A along wth South Aftica, Fiji, Israel and Namibia, will open its World Youth Netball Championships campaign against Israel on 23 August at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Australia has won four of 6 World Youth Netball Championships since its inception in 1988.

Australian 21/U team for the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships

Maddy Proud (AIS/SA, captain), Kate Shimmin (AIS/Adelaide Thunderbirds/SA, vice-captain), Kristina Brice (AIS/NSW), Courtney Bruce (West Coast Fever/WA), Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts/NSW), Cody Lange (AIS/SA), Kim Ravaillion (Queensland Firebirds/NSW), Gabi Simpson (Queensland Firebirds/NSW), Kaylia Stanton (AIS/WA), Gretel Tippet (Queensland Firebirds/QLD), Joanna Weston (AIS/VIC), Micaela Wilson (AIS/VIC). Coach: Carol Byers.