SPECIAL CALL: Brieanna Simpson, 15, and Yasmin Ramsay, 14, have been selected to the Queensland Regional Netball Academy, the only two Gladstone players picked among the 18 from Capricornia.
SPECIAL CALL: Brieanna Simpson, 15, and Yasmin Ramsay, 14, have been selected to the Queensland Regional Netball Academy, the only two Gladstone players picked among the 18 from Capricornia. Mike Richards

Gladstone duo picked for academy training

TWO Gladstone netballers, Yasmin Ramsay and Brieanna Simpson, have been selected in the Queensland Regional Netball Academy.

A total of 18 players from Capricornia were selected to the squad, including the two girls, and they were the only Gladstone names on the list.

It gives the pair the chance not only to improve their netball prowess, but is a pathway to the Queensland teams.

"We get coached by the state coaches and the Queensland Firebirds coaches," Yasmin, 14, said.

"If you get selected you can go to a state team from this, the level keeps moving up."

But neither Yasmin nor Brieanna is getting ahead of herself, with the reality of making the academy still settling in.

More than 70 players trialled to get into the academy.

"I was very nervous. There were a lot of talented girls there," Brieanna said.

"It was all right, one of my better days.

"I have not made it before. This is my first time, so I am very proud of myself."

Yasmin was selected to the academy last year, so is able to give her friend an idea of what is to come.

The first step is a three-day camp in Brisbane in January.

"That is the first camp where we meet up with the other academies," Yasmin said.

"Then we meet up throughout the year. Last year we had four camps."

Neither Gladstone player plans on taking a break before the first camp in Brisbane.

"I will keep training and keep fitness up," Yasmin, a defender, said.

"I shoot every morning for an hour with my hoop at home," Brieanna, a shooter, said.



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