The AFL Central Victoria Academy Netball Program will culminate on Wednesday night with a presentation at Bendigo Mazda.
Julie Corletto will attend the final presentation and provide the athletes with an insight into her pathway from local netball to being a member of the Australian Diamonds.
Julie started playing netball in Kerang, was selected into the Australian Open Squad at 17 and debuted for the Australian Diamonds in 2007. Julie was a member of three World Championship winning teams (2007, 2011 and 2015) and part of the team that won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Julie was awarded the Liz Ellis Diamond, the highest and most prestigious individual honour in Australian netball in 2009.
Twenty athletes in each of the 12, 13 and 14 years’ program have contributed to maintaining a positive and enjoyable learning environment.
The philosophy of the academy is centred on player development and enjoyment. The objectives of the program were to complement association/league programs, increase the depth of talent and improve the competition standard within the junior associations/leagues though upskilling players. Success is defined in terms of skill mastery as well as making a contribution to the broader personal development of the players.
In addition to the court work session, games were played against Ballarat and Echuca and a tournament in Sunbury.
Team sports have long been recognised for their ability to help mould the values and work ethic of young people, teach the importance of never giving up and always striving for one’s personal best.
We are delighted to receive the support of our partners the Bendigo Bank, Bendigo Mazda and La Trobe University.