Taree netballer selected for Hunter Academy of Sport program | Manning River Time

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TWO of the mid-coast region’s top young netballers are about to take a big step on their representative journey, being named to the Hunter Region Academy of Sport’s 2022 netball program. Maddison Paine of Forster, who plays in the Maitland Association, returns to the program for a third year, while Sienna Agnew of Taree was selected for the first time after spending several seasons representing Manning Valley Netball. After enduring two seasons interrupted by COVID, this year’s 24-member squad came together for the first time this season for a two-day camp at Newcastle University Forum on February 26-27. Athletes took part in a series of fitness testing sessions, as well as being put through their paces in the field and working on the fundamentals of the sport. The group also took part in a series of activities aimed at improving communication, building relationships and building stronger bonds between players and officials. The Academy’s netball program aligns with the Netball NSW Athlete Pathway Framework and includes on-court skills training, physical fitness and athlete education. It also plays a vital role in identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young netballers. Leading the program is Kellyann Huggins, who was named head coach for the first time after serving as an assistant for the past two years, while former Giants Netballer and HAS graduate Sam Poolman will also work as a coach with the team this year. . Huggins said the team is full of excitement heading into the program after enduring two interrupted seasons. “The new team members brought great energy to the sessions, which has energized us all. It is also great to see a number of athletes returning to the program eager to participate in a full season of training. and tournaments,” Kellyanne said. “We have great talent on this year’s team, and we’re excited to see their skills develop with the goal of preparing them for further representative honours. We are delighted to also have a strong group of young referees, who also play a vital role in the continued success of netball in the Hunter region.” Also returning this season, title sponsor Greater Bank, which recently extended her longtime support of the HAS Netball program for another three years.: Sienna looks forward to the netball season Community Engagement Manager Ingrid Kaczor says the organization has been incredibly impressed with the dedication and accomplishments of everyone involved in the program, which was key to their decision to expand the partnership.” COVID has created many challenges for everyone involved in the program over the past two years and there have been an incredible amount of work done behind the scenes to adjust programs and ensure athletes can continue their p regression in sport,” said said Ingrid. “It has been inspiring to witness the collective dedication and commitment of coaches, administrators and, of course, athletes, and we very much look forward to joining them over the next three years in what we hope to see. the resumption of some normality.” Our ongoing partnership with the Hunter Academy of Sport not only provides financial support for the netball program, but we will also be hosting financial literacy education sessions in association with Newcastle University to help athletes with their personal development off the court.” The team will meet regularly over the coming months for training camps, before representing HAS at the 2022 Your Local Club Academy Games in Wagga Wagga from April 8 to 10. They will also travel to Port Macquarie in September where they will compete against 10 other Regional Sports Academies (RAS) from across the state as part of the Greater Bank AcademyChallenge.


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