Netball Australia has this morning announced that four Netball NSW representatives have been included in the 2016-17 Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad.
Toni Anderson (Sutherland Shire), Kiera Austin (Eastwood Ryde), Prudence ‘Rudi’ Ellis (Blacktown City) and Claire O’Brien (St George) have been selected following the recent 20/U International Netball Tournament at the Australian Institute of Sport.
National selectors, including Head Coach Tania Obst, former Diamonds Head Coach Jill McIntosh and Netball Australia’s National Pathway Manager Stacey West, announced the 20-athlete squad which will form the basis for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup team, to be hosted in Gaborone, Botswana in July next year.
According to Obst, National selectors have been keeping a close eye on the athletes as they have progressed through the pathway.
“We’ve been watching this group of athletes for a number of years through the national underage pathway and have taken into account this year’s National Championships, Australian Netball League, ANZ Championship and the recent 20/U International Netball Series,” said Obst.
Athletes will continue to train in their home environments, before meeting at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence for a five-day camp in November
“We are working closely with the national netball league teams and the SIS/SAS network, as they will assist in delivering the majority of training for the squad.
“We have a really good connection with the institute coaches and are looking forward to continuing to work with them on our athletes’ development through their individual athlete performance plans. The national netball league teams and SIS/SAS network will be a major part in the success of the squad,” said Obst.
The Netball World Youth Cup is a major stepping-stone on the national pathway. Five current Diamonds, including NSW’s Kim Ravaillion, Paige Hadley and Gabi Simpson, were members of the 2013 Netball World Youth Cup Team.
“With such depth in our squad, the future of Australian netball looks bright. The World Youth Cup will provide invaluable international exposure for our young athletes.”
Netball NSW would like to congratulate all athletes on their national selection.
2016-17 Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad
Toni Anderson (NSW)
Jessica Anstiss (WA)
Lucy Armfield (SA)
Kiera Austin (NSW)
Natalie Bright (WA)
Emily Burgess (SA)
Jane Cook (VIC)
Kate Eddy (VIC)
Prudence Ellis (NSW)
Sophie Garbin (WA)
Matilda Garrett (VIC)
Sasha Glasgow (SA)
Samantha Gooden (VIC)
Annika Lee-Jones (WA)
Jemma Mi Mi (QLD)
Claire O’Brien (NSW)
Hannah Petty (SA)
Kelsie Rainbow (TAS)
Emma Ryde (VIC)
Alice Teague-Neeld (VIC)