It was a busy time at the home of Netball NSW last weekend, as some of the most talented netballers in the state took part in an Indigenous Talent Camp.
The first-ever camp of its kind to be held in NSW, 43 athletes, 13 coaches and five umpires participated in what was a great weekend of learning for all involved.
Players and officials came from all over NSW to take part – Bourke, Lismore, Batemans Bay and everywhere in between – and they were treated to expert coaching and tuition from some of the best in the business.
Former Diamond Marcia Ella-Duncan, ex-NSW Swifts skipper Abbey McCulloch and top coaches Alison Tucker, Moira Gaha, Nardia Macdonald and Maria Lynch were all on hand, while top umpire Jordan Kiss also led a session.
As well as on-court training, the athletes also took part in sessions which covered nutrition, leadership, strength & conditioning, physio and recovery.
“This was a fantastic weekend and such a good thing for Netball NSW to be hosting, and lots of positives came from it,” Mardi Aplin, Regional Development and Pathways Unit Manager, said.
“The athletes were aged 12-14 so we can assist when it comes to pathways and put athletes, coaches and umpires in touch with the Academies of Sport.
“Inclusion is a very important part of netball and we would love to see more Indigenous talent continue on the Netball NSW pathway.
“We had current Indigenous Pathway players – Tegan Holland, Courtney Jones, Krystal Dallinger and Emily Dunn – come in and speak challenges they have all faced in their own journeys, but also their successes too, and I think that was very inspiring for the athletes who took part.”