Today’s announcement has seen reward for effort for Ava Black, with the Sunshine Coast Lightning Training Partner today named in the Queensland 19/U State squad.

The midcourter has been plying her trade within the Lightning program this pre-season to further develop her netball, with the additional training and education paying dividends.

Lightning affiliated athletes across the Club’s Australian Netball Championships team and USC Thunder including Sarah Harris, Lily McClure, Hayley McGruther and Poppy Gatfield were also selected in the 19/U side.

Assistant Coach Chris Voge praised the  athletes on their selection, knowing that their access to additional elite expertise, training and coaching will further accelerate their netball careers.

“We are excited hearing of Ava’s selection into the state squad. This is such a great opportunity in Ava’s development to build and learn with her 19 year and under age group,” Voge said.

“Ava has worked very hard in the Lightning pre-season, developing her understanding of her strengths and areas to work on to improve her game.

“Being part of the Queensland 19 squad will then allow her to put these improvement in practice and develop other areas as identified through the campaign.

“To have a number of additional athletes from the Lightning pathway with ANC, Thunder and USC Academy be named across the two state groups is also fantastic.

“The talent on the coast has always been brilliant and it is great to see the commitment and development of these athletes into the 2022 groups.”

Netball Queensland made the announcement today with the full team list found here. 

The final Queensland 19/U side of 12 is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Club would also like to congratulation fellow USC Thunder athletes Baylee Boyd, Jada Delaney, Yasmin Mayall and Gypsy McCormack who have also been selected in the Queensland 17/U squad.

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