Local talents off to nationals

In another show of just how deep the talent pool is in the region, current and former South West Academy of Sport netball players have once again been called up to represent the state.

Jessica Repacholi, Riley Culnane and Shantelle Tassone impressed at selection trials to beat other aspiring netball players from around Western Australia to earn a spot in the state 17/U team. SWAS athlete Elycce Webb will train-on as a reserve.

The talented SWAS athletes are currently preparing to fly the flag for WA at the national netball championships alongside former SWAS athlete Kate Duncan, who will be put to the test in the 19/U component of the tournament.

The annual battle for state supremacy – this year being played out in the Australian capital during April – offers promising junior netballers the chance to shine on the national stage.

The athletes will now train up to three times a week in Perth in the lead up to the event in Canberra.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion praised the athletes for the hard work and commitment that led to them receiving a pass to nationals.

“I would like to congratulate the players on their selection to state teams, and I hope that the national championships will be a great experience,” she said.

“The players have trained hard and I believe this is the best physical condition that I have seen from the girls in the past year.”

Netball is one of a number of talent development programs run by the academy to help give aspiring athletes in the region the edge on and off the sports field.

Through partner sport programs, specialist squads and an individual athlete support program, SWAS provides young sports men and women with opportunities to fine-tune their skills and access vital support services in the region they call home.

The academy was launched in 2008 for the purpose of evening the playing field between local athletes and their peers in the Perth and metropolitan areas. Since its arrival on the state sports scene, similar sports organisations have been established in other regions of WA.