Three ACT netballers named in Australian U17 squad


Three Canberra netballers have been named in the Australian U17 Athlete Squad ahead of high-performance pathway camps to be held in June and September in Canberra.

Eliza Burton, Jasmine Fraser and Hayley Mason have been rewarded for their outstanding performances at last month’s nationals in Canberra.

“As a netball community we are incredibly proud of Eliza, Jasmine and Hayley’s national selection,” ACT U17 coach Kim Symons said.

“Their selection is testament to not only their hard work throughout the nationals but also the pathways we have within ACT netball that allows players to reach their full potential.”

Burton represented the ACT U19 side at the recent Nationals even though she was still eligible to play in the U17 tournament.

Netball Australia’s General Manager – High Performance Pathway, Stacey West described the upcoming camps as an athlete’s opportunity to develop and progress into the elite pathway of netball in Australia.

“Whether it’s their first experience in the national pathway or they’ve been in the system a while, these athletes will benefit from specialised coaching to further develop their position-specific skills,” West said.

“The 17/U camp focusses on their development of their playing position, developing their skill set in the attack and defence units and then translating this new knowledge into match-play.”

For the first time, a New Zealand representative side will join the 17/U camp, exposing the athletes to international competition.

“We’re really looking forward to having the New Zealand representative side join us in Canberra,” West said.

“The ability to analyse opposition and put strategies in play is a huge component of the camp, and exposing the athletes to this at an international level will be incredibly beneficial.” 

All three camps will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, with the 19/U and Tall Athletes camps beginning 25 June and the 17/U camp from 25 September.