Netball Tasmania’s Tier 1 and 2 Elite Development Squads (EDS) have now been confirmed for 2019.
The EDS program is designed to provide a graduated experience to help build junior athlete aspirations for elite Netball opportunities and to assist the athletes to make the transition through a more structured talent development program, which is crucially linked to a high-performance program.
Tier 1 consists of the five Tasmanian-based, Tasmanian Magpies athletes. These athletes will work in a daily training environment, consisting of a personalised strength and conditioning session supported by the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS), as well as court sessions run by Netball Tasmania appointed EDS coaches.
Northern Hawks GA/WA, Zoe Claridge is a new addition to the Tier 1 program this year, after an impressive season in the RACTI Tasmanian Netball League (TNL) and her inclusion in the 2019 Tasmanian Magpies squad. Cripps’ Ashleigh Probert-Hill also fills one of the five spots, with a promotion from the second tier.
Tier 2 athletes will also be supported by the TIS, with a generic strength and conditioning program, plus Netball Tasmania run court sessions.
With a revised structure in Tasmanian Magpies and Tier 1, more spots have opened for the next generation and upcomers of athletes in Tasmanian Netball to form Tier 2 of the program. In 2019, 18 athletes and two umpires will participate in the program – with eight returning and 10 being promoted from the entry level of the program.
Selection for these programs are done by panels of selectors, who will view athletes at a variety of competitions; including State League, National Championships, Association Competitions, as well as performance in other Netball Tasmania run programs/squads.
Tier 3 of the program will be announced in June, after the State 15U Selection process.