2017 Netball Squad

Anna Atkinson Parkville
Ruby Beatty Glen Innes
Bridgitte Beatty Glen Innes
Emily Burton Glen Innes
Georgina Burton Glen Innes
Annaleese Cameron Glen Innes
Elizabeth Chard Glen Innes
Maddison  Collier Manilla
Elian Cotter Armidale
Amity Coxon Dubbo
Skylar Dever Muswellbrook
Briannah Donaldson Tamworth
Siddella Donnelly Glen Innes
Claudia Eastburn Baradine
Isla Folpp Muswellbrook
Bella Gallagher Gunnedah
Sophia Grant Armidale
Emma Higgins Tamworth
Ashleigh Horniman Tamworth
Lilli Johns Armidale
Isobel Kemp Manilla
Briony Littlejohns Tamworth
Sophie McCormick Glen Innes
Sarah Mcilveen Tamworth
Eliza Perkins Gunnedah
Chloe Perkins Gunnedah
Georgia Robertson  Tamworth
Holli Rodstrom Curlewis
Claudia Sieber Glen Innes
Sophia Thomas Armidale
Saskia Thomas Armidale
Chloe Thompson Gilgai
Mia Tindale Armidale


2017 Program Staff:

Head Coach: Kirstie Fuller
Assistant Coaches:  Maryanne Perkins and Julie Fuller
Trainee Coach:  Lisa Donaldson
Managers:   Debbie Burton

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Female athletes aged between 14-16 in 2017, reside in Northern Inland region, be a member of an affiliated club or association (or be prepared to join).

Selection Process

Up to 25 athletes may be offered a place in the Netball Program based on past performance at selection trials and or via talent identification processes.

Trials for the 2017 NIAS Netball Squad will be held on Sunday 23rd November 2016 at Armidale Sports UNE. 

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 12 month period, November 2016 to November 2017

23rd October 2016 - Sunday - Trials - Armidale

4th February 2016 - Saturday - NIAS Induction/GROWTH Day


8th - 10th April 2017 - Saturday and Sunday 

Clubs NSW Academy Games - Central Coast

12th, 13th, 14th July - Maitland

NIB Games

5th August 2017 - Saturday

NIAS Awards Night - Tamworth


Program Outcomes

The ongoing skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and fitness to better prepare them for selection into NSW Squads, NSWIS EAP  and respective School representative teams.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via TID processes:
Performance at specific events (last 12 months). Events may include previous NIAS programs, local competition games and state championships. Physical capabilities and attributes including speed, aerobic capacity, height, vertical jump, power, strength and agility. Formal testing may not occur during final trial but are observable during training and games. Technical competence in core skills- passing (selection and execution), catching, balance, footwork, attacking, defending and goal shooting accuracy. Tactical awareness including decision making, spatial awareness, positional play. Potential to improve, mental toughness, temperament, determination, commitment, ability to be highly receptive to coaching. Individual application to training and competition.


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Program content

The program has been developed in close consultation with Netball NSW.  Skill sessions and camps are held within the region throughout November to November. Guest coaches ensure that the program remains fresh and interesting and athletes are presented with new ideas and different perspectives to encourage their learning. In July athletes are required to attend the NIAS GROWTH Day. This program covers education sessions on sport psychology, sports medicine, nutrition, public speaking, media training, sun protection and career skills.

Athlete Benefits:

  • Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • Attendance at the NIAS GROWTH Day - off field education
  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions where applicable.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Netball is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off th field.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete Levy:  $165 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket
Academy Games: 
$220.00 GST inclusive
NIB Games: $150 GST inclusive

Netball Clothing Pack:  $225 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.


Open Date: 1 September 2016
Close Date: 1 November 2016

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Applications currently closed