Netball has been named the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Program of the Year at an awards ceremony in Adelaide after achieving outstanding results this year.
Led by coach Tania Obst, the program continued to development world class netballers for the Australian Diamonds and underage national teams while winning two of three national titles this year.
Three athletes from the netball program – Madeleine Proud, Kate Shimmin and Cody Lange – were part of the Australian 21/U side that won a silver medal at the World Youth Championships in August.
In a further honour, Proud, who was also named the netball program’s Athlete of the Year, was chosen to captain the side with Shimmin named vice-captain.
SASI athletes made up 23 per cent of all national squads in 2013 while South Australia won the 19 and under and 21 and under national titles. Shimmin was named MVP of the 21 and under championships while Georgie Virgo received that accolade at the 19 and under titles.
Obst was thrilled by the accolade.
“This is a tremendous achievement for netball in general given this award is normally dominated by an Olympic sport,” Obst said.
The awards criteria included national and international results, national benchmarking, integration with SASI services, along with initiatives and program management and recommendation from peer coaches.