Future stars emerging younger
THE Central Highlands may be one of the main hubs fostering netball talent in the region with five gifted juniors already identified, but we're certainly not alone.
Gladstone has also been pushing its rising stars through the ranks, with strong representation at various Capricornia Claws training camps over the summer months.
Each year the talent is identified earlier and earlier with five 12 and 13-year-olds from Gladstone - Georgia Brown, Alexandra Clarke, Demi-ann Lisle, Sharna Gaston and Tamika Moore - recently identified as talent at the Stanwell Claws Talent camp held in Emerald.
The girls' age and skills set impressed trainers and coaches.
Capricornia Claws coach Barbara Ahmat said the quality of the girls at the camp was of a high standard.
"There were 60 girls at this camp and everyone was playing at a high level," Ahmat said.
"Particularly eye-catching were the 12-year-olds. This is such a young age and we normally don't see such talent until they are in high school, but these girls should have a great future.
"It is important we nurture the young talent so that they will continue to play and come up through the ranks and one day represent the region in the Claws. To do so they must be 16 and over."
Thanks to the sponsorship of Stanwell, for the next three years, the Claws were able to deliver a high-level camp.
The camp featured a nutritionist, physiotherapist, skills and drills, tai chi, a pool session and game play with the Claws.
"This year's camp was of a very high standard, thanks to the sponsorship we were able to treat the girls with some great activities," she said.
"The nutritionist educated the girls on what to eat and why, while the physio educated them on injury recovery and looking after your body."