2019 NSW Swifts Training Partners revealed

Pre-season has just kicked off for the NSW Swifts and with it comes the exciting announcement of the team’s Training Partners for next year’s Suncorp Super Netball campaign.

Five NSW representatives have taken up contracts for 2019 – four of whom are very familiar with the Swifts’ environment.

Returning to the set-up is 2018 Training Partner Sophie Halpin, who had court time in the Round 10 NSW Derby against Giants Netball as a replacement player earlier this year.

Tayla Fraser and Kelly Singleton, who had time in the Swifts camp as replacement players in Round 9 against the Melbourne Vixens have been selected, and young shooter Matisse Letherbarrow, who recently celebrated winning the Under 20s Netball NSW Premier League with North Shore United, also comes in.

Rounding out the five is Claire O’Brien, a Swifts’ squad member for the 2017 and 2018 seasons who is recovering from an Achilles injury sustained during the team’s 2018 SSN campaign.

The main role of a training partner is to help with day-to-day training of the squads. They are also a suitable fit and available to provide support as replacement players if necessary.

NSW Swifts Head Coach Briony Akle shared her excitement over the announcement.

“I’m thrilled that this calibre of young talent will be joining us; they’ve all earned their spot to be here. They’re extremely passionate athletes, and with them coming through the NSW pathway, they have such pride in and commitment to the Red Dress.

“Especially with Claire, it’s great to have her back with us after injury ruined her 2018 and we’ll be helping her get back to full fitness.

“The Swifts have been building something really strong and special, and the 2018 season showed we are able to compete with the best in this competition.

“Everyone at the NSW Swifts is confident that, with the help of these young-guns, 2019 is going to be an even better year for us.

“It’s really important to us to have training partners because they get the chance to further develop their skills in a high-performance environment, and the players in the main Swifts roster push themselves harder as a result.”

TRAINING PARTNER BIOs

Tayla Fraser 

Date of birth: 13 Jun 1999
Height: 172cm
Position: C
State Teams: NSW 17/U, NSW 19/U, Netball NSW Waratahs
National Representation: Australian 17/U

Sophie Halpin

Date of Birth: 16 May 1993
Height: 177cm
Position: WD
State Teams: NSW Swifts, Netball NSW Waratahs, Netball NSW Blues, NSW 19/U Team, NSW 21/U Team
National Representation: Australian 19/U Squad
NSW Swifts Caps: 3

Matisse Letherbarrow

Date of birth: 7 January 2002
Height: 188cm
Position: GS
State Teams: NSW 17/U, NSW Waratahs

Claire O’Brien

Date of birth: 11 Mar 1997
Height: 172cm
Position: WA/C
State Teams: NSW Swifts, NSW 17/U, Netball NSW Blues, NSW 19/U, NSW 21/U, Netball NSW Waratahs
National Representation:Australian 21/U, 19/U, 17/U
NSW Swifts Caps: 13

Kelly Singleton

Date of birth: 24 Jun 1998
Height: 180cm
Position: GS, GA
State Teams: NSW 17/U, NSW 19/U, Netball NSW Waratahs