Search on for talented juniors

The North Coast Academy of Sport is seeking talented junior athletes to trial for its 2004-05 Netball squad.

Netballers from Tweed Heads to Laurieton, who are turning 15 to 18 years in 2005, are eligible to apply.

Preliminary trials will be held at Lismore on October 30 and Coffs Harbour on October 31. Trialists need only attend one of these days. Last year over 100 talented and enthusiastic netballers attended the preliminary trials.

"A specific set of criteria will be used to measure fitness and skill levels of the trialists," said Tracey Robinson, Academy Netball coach.

Based on the individual performances from the two preliminary trials, 60 athletes will be selected and invited to attend the final selection weekend to be held on 4 December in Lismore, which will attended by state selectors from Netball NSW.

"We will also be introducing some more complex skill routines and seeing how well these acquired and later adapted by the trialists into a trial game situation," said Tracey.

Once the final squad of around 20 is selected, athletes will receive high level skills coaching, and education sessions in sport psychology, sports medicine, sports nutrition, time management and public speaking.

The success of the NCAS netball program is indicative of the underpinning support provided by the regional associations of Brunswick-Byron, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Hastings, Kyogle, Lismore district, Lower Clarence, Macleay, Murwillumbah and Nambucca Valley. The program is endorsed and supported by Netball NSW.

The Academy's goal is to assist squad members in maximising their potential so that they can have the best opportunity in reaching the next level including state age selection or being chosen in the NSW Institute of Sport's Sprites squad.

As well as conducting 13 sportspecific development programs such as netball, the Academy runs the Sport Smart program throughout north coast high schools, and provides athlete subsidies to high achieving junior athletes.

Applications to attend the netball trials have been circulated to every North Coast secondary school and netball association.

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