The road to the 2013 World Youth Championship has begun for the country’s most promising junior netballers with a youth training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport commencing this weekend.
The 18-day camp provides an opportunity for a group of 25 eligible athletes to train together with a focus on individual skill-based training and physical preparation for the 2013 World Youth Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
“This group of players isn’t seen as a finite squad for the 2013 youth championships,” coach Carol Byers cautioned.
“With two years until the tournament, players may continue to move in and out of the squad based upon performance and injuries.”
The Australians will head to Scotland as defending champions after winning gold the 2009 World Youth Netball Championships in the Cook Islands, beating 20 international teams to finish ahead of New Zealand and Jamaica in silver and bronze respectively.
The 2009 Australian 21/U team which won gold featured a few familiar faces, with Diamonds players Madison Browne and Sharni Layton captain and vice-captain along with 2011 World Netball Championships hero Caitlin Bassett and defender Amy Steel.
This year’s squad features the 12 Australian Institute of Sport netball scholarship holders and four ANZ Championship players in Cody Lange, Maddie Proud and Kate Shimmin all from the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Michaela Wilson from the Melbourne Vixens.
New South Wales and Victoria lead the way with seven representatives each, closely followed by South Australia with six, Western Australia with three while Queensland, Tasmania and ACT all have a representative invited.
Twelve of the players had a taste of international netball in October when they were selected in an Australian 21/U team who competed in Perth against the Diamonds, Silver Ferns, South Africa and Malawi ahead of the 2011 Holden Netball Test Series double header.
World Youth Championship Youth Training camp:
Kristina Brice – NSW
Kelsey Browne – VIC (withdrawn due to study commitments)
Courtney Bruce – WA
Laura Clemesha – Qld
Paige Hadley – NSW
Chloe Joyce – SA
Cody Lange – SA/ Adelaide Thunderbirds
Sarah Main – VIC
Laura Marslen – SA
Alix McDermott – NSW
Brooke Miller – NSW
Danielle Pickett – TAS (withdrawn due to illness)
Maddie Proud – SA/ Adelaide Thunderbirds
Kimberley Ravillion – NSW
Keely Rodrigo – ACT
Amelhia Schmidt – SA
Denise Shepley – WA
Kate Shimmin – SA/Adelaide Thunderbirds
Gabi Simpson – NSW
Amy Somerville – NSW
Kate Thompson – VIC
Numi Tupaea – WA (unavailable and replaced with Kate Maloney – VIC)
Jo Weston – VIC
Micaela Wilson – VIC/Melbourne Vixens
Kate Yensch – VIC