While the 2016 ANZ Championship may seem like many months away, NSW junior and Swifts rookie Kaitlyn Bryce has been getting her netball fix attending the recent Centre of Excellence (CoE) Residential Program based at the Australian Institute of Sport.
The four-week program, overseen by Australia’s most successful national team Head Coach Jill McIntosh, was attended by some of the best and brightest netballing talent from around the country, including Bryce’s fellow NSW athletes Taylah Davies and Toni Anderson.
Kaitlyn and her new Swifts teammate Maddy Turner were part of the 13-strong squad with the NSW native admitting the two used the program to get to know one another.
“[Maddy] was always room crashing our ‘pod’ (AIS sleeping quarters) to be honest, so it was good to spend time with her and get to know her a little better seeing as we’re going to be living in the same apartment building next year!” Kaitlyn told NSWSwiftsTV.
“It was good to get know how she lives and what she likes, and all about her – she’s an awesome girl.”
The CoE Residential Program wasn’t just a social outing, with the athletes put through twice-daily training sessions, six days a week; which also included match play on Saturday before they were able to get some down time.
“It was good to get in there and train with different people who we’d always played against, but never actually trained with. It was an awesome program and I was really lucky to be involved with it,” Kaitlyn claimed.
“We had specialist midcourt sessions and I even helped in a few specialist wing defence sessions, which was good to get [to know] the other side of [defensive midcourt positions]. To really focus on one area of the court and really hone down on those skills really helped in that transition from shooter to midcourt.”
Watch the full NSWSwiftsTV interview with Kaitlyn Bryce below to hear more about the debutants transition from shooter to midcourter, and what the CoE Residential Program athletes got up to during their rare free time;
Missed out on 2016 RED ZONE Memberships?
Whilst NSW Swifts game day RED ZONE Memberships have officially sold-out more than six months out from the NSW Swifts opening game of the 2016 ANZ Championship, the Club still has Satellite and Supporter Memberships available.
These two Membership categories enable supporters to enjoy all the same benefits and inclusions as a RED ZONE Membership, without the game tickets… although a Satellite Membership does include a reserved seat in the Members’ area to the Allphones Arena BLOCKBUSTER.
Click here to view the NSW Swifts 2016 Membership Brochure.
Members who sign up to a Satellite or Supporter Membership for 2016 will receive priority to available upgrades for the 2017 ANZ Championship.