Emerald ’s Ashanti Hutchins works on her shooting technique during the talent camp.
Emerald ’s Ashanti Hutchins works on her shooting technique during the talent camp.

Junior camp proves CQ's got talent

THE Capricorn region has shown itself to be a breeding ground for netball talent with participants at the recent junior talent camp in Emerald impressing coaches and selectors alike.

The Stanwell 12-13 years Claws Junior Talent Camp brought together 65 talent-identified 12 and 13-year-old players from the nine Capricorn associations stretching from Gladstone to Longreach.

The camp is an important part of the Capricorn region's 'Train Well, Play Well' player development strategy, sponsored by the Stanwell Power Station.

It was led by Capricorn Claws coach, Barb Ahmat, assisted by members of the 2011 Claws squad. Guest coach was former AIS and state coach, Lisa McConchie.

Capricorn regional president Debbie Hall said the camp was extremely successful on a number of different fronts.

"Ours is one of the only development programs of its kind in the state and we are really starting to see the benefits across the board," Hall said.

"From the players' perspective, at this camp they got a chance to challenge themselves and learn more about where they can go with their netball.

"The girls worked closely with the Claws players, some of whom had first been talent-identified by the region at the 12 and 13 years camp, so it was good opportunity for the young players to learn more about our regional team and see the 'products' of our development program in action.

"The program included not only netball and position-specific skills sessions, but also some work on nutrition and injury prevention and recovery - they even did a tai chi session which was something new for most of them."

Hall said the weekend also saw a number of coaches and umpires gain their accreditation and receive feedback and mentoring.

"The camp also gave the regional selectors and coaches a good opportunity to have a look at the young players coming through the ranks," she said.

Each of the players will now receive individual assessments linked to a home program they can work on during the off-season.

From the Emerald camp, 12 promising 13-year-olds were selected to attend the next camp in the region's development program, the Stanwell 14-17 years Talent Camp being held in Rockhampton this weekend.

Those players were Rhia Austin (Alpha), Kaitlyn Black, Kiara Ferguson, Mikeeley Hoch, Lucy Loram, Molly Shelton (Rockhampton), Sharna Gaston, Demi-ann Lisle, Tamika Moore (Gladstone), Miesha Huet, Taylah Moana and Chloe van der Borgh (Emerald).

Netballers aged 14-17 years were also put through their paces at a talent camp in Rockhampton last weekend.

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