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Netball talent takes next step

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019

Talented netballers (from left) Sarah Williams, Kira Guthrie and Zianna Chesterfield have been picked to attend training academies in eastern NSW and SA.PICTURE: Myles Burt Talented netballers (from left) Sarah Williams, Kira Guthrie and Zianna Chesterfield have been picked to attend training academies in eastern NSW and SA.PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Three Broken Hill netballers will soon be heading across the country after being selected for specialised netball academies. 

Sarah Williams has been chosen to attend the Far West Academy of Sport Netball Program which includes players from towns such as Cobar, Nyngan, Gilgandra and Coonamble.

Kira Guthrie and Zianna Chesterfield will go to the Spencer Regional Netball Academy that hosts players from Whyalla, Roxby Downs, Port Pirie and Port Augusta.  

The academies are aimed at providing development pathways for country players to assist with their potential. 

Sarah was fast-tracked to attend her academy, being the only Broken Hill netballer to attend the trial, and due to her past experience with the Far West Academy.

“Because I did it last year they already knew me, I guess,” Sarah said.

Kira and Zianna have recently been to SA for the trial rounds and are now ready to begin their training at the Spencer Academy. 

The locals are all eager to get into their training and academy games with other regional players who live and breathe the sport as well. 

The academies also provide a platform for the girls who are looking to advance their netball careers.

“If they like you there then you get picked for the state trials and then the state team,” Zianna said.

Kira and Zianna are due to travel west for their Spencer Academy training sessions this month. 

Sarah will be heading to her academy games which start in next couple of weeks in Maitland. 

The girls thanked their parents for always driving them to “home and away” games, along with all the academy trips that will be happening very soon.

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