Program Purpose / Aim

The SASI Netball Program caters for the development and support of SA athletes currently or identified as capable of progressing along the Netball Performance Pathway.

Program Key Objectives:

  • For the SASI program to generate athletes who are capable of delivering skills consistently under pressure in a seamless transition through the pathway to AIS, Australia Talent Squads, ANL and Suncorp Super Netball Competition (SSN)
  • For the SASI full scholarship holders to satisfy the criteria of ‘has genuine potential” to play for the National 21 & Under Team / Diamonds / ANL and SSN rather than have an age limitation
  • For the SASI program to utilise all available funding to produce a ‘best practice’ program incorporating the full suite of institute services individually tailored to each full scholarship holder working towards touring and SSN match preparation simulation
  • For the SASI Program to align more closely with Thunderbirds senior program and have many opportunities to immerse athletes across the programs
  • For the SASI program to provide the base of talent for the ANL Program, the underpinning program for SSN s so that training can take place all year round, and give better weighting to the priority of ANL
  • For the SASI coaching program to foster positive “dual care” relationships with partner coaches of athletes participating in Premier League


Program Description

The program aims to provide world class coaching, training, competition, facilities and support services to improve the athlete’s competitive performance.

Athletes will be eligible for inclusion into the SASI Netball Program based on their performance relative to selection criteria for one of the scholarship categories.


National Training Centre Program

The SASI Netball Program is a partnership program funded and supported by the South Australian government through SASI in partnership with both National and State Sporting Organisation. A key partner in the program is Netball Australia who contributes funding support to the program as part of its National High Performance Plan. The NTC endorsement of the program recognises the status of the program in the sports National High Performance Pathway and also the indirect funding contribution to the SASI program by the Australian Sports Commission through Netball Australia.


Program Staff

Jenny Borlase – Head Coach
Megan Carter – Assistant Coach
Russell D’Costa – Program Manager
TBC – Program Coordinator
Sarah Woolford – Performance Services Coordinator
Dan Kirk – Strength and Conditioning
Sarah Woolford- Physiologist
Geof Boylan-Marsland – Psychologist
Brendan Tammo – ACE
TBC – Performance Analysis
TBC – Squad Manager
Kath Chigwidden – Physiotherapist
Amanda Bayer – Physiotherapist


Past Athletes
Natalie Medhurst – Adelaide Thunderbirds and World Youth Cup Team
Emily Beaton – AIS Scholarship 2004/05 and World Youth Cup Team
Lauren Tscharke – AIS Scholarship 2006
Samantha Nicholls – Adelaide Thunderbirds Squad in 2004
Kirby Mutton – AIS 2003/04, Australian 21 and Under World Cup Team
Jacqui Delaney – Australian Team
Rebecca Sanders – Australian Team
Bianca Reddy – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Peta Scholz – Australian Team
Natalie vonBertouch – Australian Team
Carrie Worthley – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Jane Altschwager – Adelaide Thunderbirds and Australia Squad
Cassie Mogg – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Alex Hodge – Australian Team
Fiona Pointon – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Laura von Bertouch – Australian Squad
Kristen Heinrich – Australian Squad
Sheree Wingard – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Georgia Beaton – Adelaide Thunderbirds


To find out more or to apply, click here to go to the SASI site.