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Broome’s junior netball teams selected for North West Championships at 2023 Junior Development Camp

Katya MinnsBroome Advertiser
2023 Junior Development Camp.
Camera Icon2023 Junior Development Camp. Credit: Broome Netball Association

Broome’s best junior netballers have been selected to represent the Broome Netball Association at the North West Championships this year.

Just over 60 athletes completed phase two of the Junior Development Camp last weekend, fine-tuning their skills under the guidance of industry experts.

Teams of 10 per age division will compete at North West Champs in June.
Camera IconTeams of 10 per age division will compete at North West Champs in June. Credit: Katya Minns

The program ran four weeks of squad training before the junior age-division teams were selected.

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Camp coordinator Simone Eddington said the program format was in its third year running, proving a success with an increase in players and talent.

“It’s looking really good; we’ve increased our Indigenous athletes by three-fold, the skills have improved and it’s been really positive,” she said.

Athletes were selected in match play during the Development Camp.
Camera IconAthletes were selected in match play during the Development Camp. Credit: Katya Minns

Despite weather flooding the courts on Friday night, skill training and match play resumed as normal inside the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

Elite netball coach Alexis Stephens flew in from Perth for the weekend to provide mentoring and guidance to both athletes and coaches.

Elite netball coach Alexis Stephens provided mentoring to the junior netballers in Broome.
Camera IconElite netball coach Alexis Stephens provided mentoring to the junior netballers in Broome. Credit: Katya Minns

“It’s great coming up and seeing talented country athletes - they’re very athletic,” she said.

“We want all the athletes to have the best time and hopefully that’s what I’ll help them achieve.”

The North West Championships will run in Broome this year, from June 16 to 19 at the BRAC.

More than 60 young netballers attended the Junior Development Camp.
Camera IconMore than 60 young netballers attended the Junior Development Camp. Credit: Katya Minns

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