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USC Stadium Hosts Centre Of Excellence Squads

A group of Australia’s most promising netball talent converged at USC Stadium this week as part of the Netball Australia Centre of Excellence Squads’ training camp. 

Queensland and Northern Territory representatives in the 17/U, 19/U & 21/U Australian squads were put through their paces, with similar localised camps taking place across the country.

While a representative camp was initially planned to take place at the Australian Institute of Sport, travel and border restrictions have forced the group to train locally, with the remainder of the camp being facilitated online.

Sunshine Coast Lightning Head Coach Kylee Byrne, who is also the current 21/U Australian Head Coach, said the athletes are hard at work, despite the limitations.

“After the initial disappointment of not being able to all come together at the Australian Institute of Sport, every athlete and coach around the country showed enormous resilience and adaptability to organise decentralised camps in each state,” Byrne said.

“After spending the last four days with the Queensland athletes and also now watching footage and listening to the coaches from every state, we still accomplished what we needed and wanted to. 

“The smaller groups and with approximately 60 staff having touchpoints at various stages meant that our emerging athletes had world class coaching and education to assist their development.

“We now have the enormous task of reviewing everything from 2019 and 2020 and naming a new Australian 21 and Under squad. 

“There is so much talent nationwide and it will be exciting to see what opportunities we can now pull together in 2021 in preparation for the World Youth Cup next December.”

Lightning Training Partner Annabelle Lawrie is participating in the training camp as a representative in the 19/U side, as is former Lightning player Sarahpheinna Woulf, who is named in Byrne’s extended 21/U squad.