Netball SA is proud to announce that a number of our 17U and 19U state players have been selected for the National Squads.
The athletes have been chosen following their performances at the National Netball Championships held in Adelaide during April.
Our selected SA netballers will take part in the high-performance pathway camps at the Netball Centre of Excellence in Canberra.
The 19U camp and Tall Athlete camp will run from Monday 9 July to Thursday 12 July, while the 17U camp will run from Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October.
In an exciting initiative, the National Squad camps will feature international competition, with England and New Zealand sending 17U teams to train and participate in practice matches, and England also sending a 19U team.
Players selected in the Tall Athlete Program will attend a separate but concurrent camp to the 19U camp at the Netball Centre of Excellence. The Tall Athletes Program aims to foster and develop taller athletes and features specialist coaching and additional development and learning opportunities for both goalers and defenders, under the guidance of nationally appointed coaches.
Netball Centre of Excellence Head Coach and Selection Panel Chair Michelle Wilkins said selection in the 17U and 19U squads was the next step for the athletes in their progression through Netball Australia’s high performance pathway.
“Both the 17 and Under and 19 and Under National Squads are a culmination of our most talented athletes in the pathway, and certainly the two National Championship competitions were incredibly tightly contested in both age groups,” she said.
“The camps are a fantastic opportunity for the athletes, and for us to challenge them in our high performance training centre amongst other talented athletes from across the country.”
“For a lot of these athletes it’s their first opportunity at a national camp with their peers. Most of them will form tremendous friendships, as well as rivalries, that they’ll carry with them across their careers.”
During the camp, athletes will be exposed to a high performance training environment both on and off the court, while Wilkins said they would also be guided in the lead-up to the camp to ensure they were prepared for the camp and for their future development, with all nationally-selected athletes now entering a daily high performance program and training environment in their home states.
“The camp is the main focus but there’s also the lead-up work they do and the preparation of the athletes leading into a national camp. It’s about them preparing to head into a national program and the work they do in their home states.”
Wilkins said the inclusion of England and New Zealand teams in aspects of the camps was a huge advantage for the Australian athletes, many of whom would be experiencing their first international matchplay.
“It’s an important part of the whole experience – getting some international exposure,” she said.
“We are wanting to give the athletes a broader experience, and to be able to challenge their skills against an international team is very exciting.”