Capricornia has wealth of netball talent: QAS

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE Capricorn region's young netballing talent is coming along in leaps and bounds according to Queensland Academy of Sport regional training program head coach Lorraine English.

English, who was in Gladstone to conduct the two-day Capricorn Annual Talent Camp at the Gladstone Multi-Purpose Sports Centre last weekend, praised the work of local coaches and young players.

'I'm very impressed with the players' workloads and their work ethic,' English said.

'Their coaches are doing a wonderful job.

'The players have impressed remarkably since the beginning of the year.'

English said the two-day camp was aimed not only at improving the skills of players aged 14-17 but also at advancing their coaches' skills and knowledge of the game.

'We do a lot of upskilling of the coaches and introduce them to our latest procedures (at the QAS),' English said.

'The coaches are really open to being upskilled. I think, being from the country, people are really open to new ideas and are used to working together.'

Based in Townsville, English's role as regional training head coach requires her to oversee a backyard stretching from Bundaberg to Cairns and out to Mt Isa, making her more than qualified to comment on the standard of Capricornia's young talent.

She said the Capricornia players measured up well against their counterparts from other regions.

'They've got good skills so it's good to give them extra skills on top of that. Some of these girls could make it to the QAS.'

Gladstone players attending the camp were Grace Duckham, Sally Heymer, Danielle Hodgson, Alisha Nardoo, Shaynne Ford and Clare Petrie while coaches Jo Thouliss-Auty, Kelly Seng and Tracey Davis were also on hand.

Duckham and Hodgson, both of whom are completing coaching traineeships, also attended a coaches' session.



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