EMERALD girls Bianca Butler, 16, and Tarnee Iddles, 15, recently completed the 2010 Capricorn Netball Academy Program.
The academy provides development pathways and assists gifted young athletes aged 14-17 in reaching their full potential on and off the court.
The Emerald girls trialled for the squad in March this year and impressed selectors enough to gain access to one of the 12 available placements.
“The girls showed a great desire to improve,” Academy coach Tracey Davis said.
“They take feedback well and are always looking to learn and better themselves.
“Selectors were definitely attracted to their strong work ethic and dedication to their sport.”
The academy program consists of several weekend camps throughout the year as well as individual skill sessions.
The program concludes each year in time for looming under-17 state trials, and aims to allow each girl the best possible chance of higher representative selection.
The academy has evolved over the past three years into a successful structure that delivers education and training at regional levels.
According to Ms Davis, much of this has been made possible by Ergon Energy’s involvement and sponsorsip of the program.
“The funding helps with so much, it helps the girls with travel and extra costs and basically allows the squad to exist,” she said.
2010 Academy players come from Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Emerald, Barcaldine and Longreach.