Netballers for Academy Games
Tuesday, 10th April, 2012
Four local junior netballers have been selected to play for the Far West Academy of Sport team in the Academy Games in Wollongong this month.
Chelise Kappe, Taylor Shepherd, Stephanie Quinn and Paige Cuy will play in the games that will be held next weekend.
They will also participate in the curtain raiser to the ANZ Netball Championships’ game of the round between the NSW Swifts and New Zealand’s Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.
The Far West Academy netball team will play 11 games over the three days of the tournament in a round robin competition.
They will then attend a clinic and information session which will be conducted by Netball NSW and attended by NSW Swifts athletes, AIS athletes, Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander and Swifts Assistant coach Robert Wright.
The 2012 ClubsNSW Academy Games will be one of the biggest multi sport events held in NSW this year, with nearly 1000 athletes attending.
Seven sports will be played at five different locations around the city and 11 Academies across the state will be participating.
The Far West Academy team is made up of girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who live in the far west (from Broken Hill, Trangie, Lake Cargelligo and Lightning Ridge).
Trials for the Academy took place in Warren in October where a training squad of 18 was chosen.
In November the girls were inducted into the Academy in Warren. This weekend included fitness testing, training sessions and guest presenters who educated the girls on core strength, the importance of speed and agility, confidence and communication as well as strength and conditioning.
Due to the distance between Broken Hill and the home of the Far West Academy, Warren, it was decided to trial satellite training sessions in the girls’ hometowns and local Kylee Kappe was appointed satellite coach.
The local training sessions have been conducted in rain, hail and shine and have focused on endurance, core strength and skills training.
All of the girls’ fitness improved markedly which proved to the Academy coaches that even though remote, they had indeed been putting in the hard yards.
After impressing the coaches with their skill and dedication at a training session in Warren, all four girls were chosen in the final team of 12 to represent the Far West Academy.
Having made the team, they were put through a number of seminars on time management and goal setting, diet and nutrition, media awareness and mental preparation.
“This has been an amazing experience for the girls,” Ms Kappe said.
“In addition to receiving specialist coaching and assistance in their playing game, this program has also been educational in off the court components like setting goals and managing their time.
“This information can be used in their everyday life,” said Ms Kappe, who has also been selected as an Assistant Coach for the Far West Academy team.
On completion of the Games, Kylee Kappe will attend a presentation and workshop conducted by NSW Swifts High Performance Coach Sue Hawkins.
Broken Hill Netball Association President, Cathryn Jelbert, said it was a fantastic achievement by the girls.
“Having such a representation in the Far West Academy team and on the sidelines in the coaches box is great for Broken Hill netball,” Ms Jelbert said.
“The commitment shown by continuing their training from a distance and the willingness to travel is a real testament to the girls’ dedication to their chosen sport.
“The success of these girls is a great example to all junior netballers in Broken Hill, showing just what can be achieved if they have the drive and dedication to succeed; distance doesn’t have to be a barrier.”