TWO of Kyabram’s brightest young netball stars in Jazmin Clark and Latia Doherty have been invited to join the Bendigo Academy of Sport.
After being scouted following a regional netball competition in Albury, the two 13-year-old girls were asked to participate in a pair of trial games held in Shepparton.
The girls performed well, but were unsure if they did enough to impress selectors. A few weeks later however, they both received an email inviting them to join the academy.
Jazmin has been in great form of late — she took out the Girgarre under 15 best and fairest award last season, finished 7th in the league best and fairest and managed to take home the best player of the finals series in the same year.
Jenn Clark, mother of Jazmin, said she was excited to receive the news.
“She (Jazmin) is really excited about the opportunity and so am I,” Jenn said.
Latia’s mother, Kate Doherty, felt the same way.
“We found at last Friday and she was really excited and I was pretty proud,’’ Kate said. ‘‘Only half the girls who trialled actually got in so it was a great effort.”
The girls, who both live in Kyabram, are based in the North East zone of the academy so will travel to Shepparton once a month rather than Bendigo to receive the specialist training.
Jazmin and Latia will be receiving both on-court and off-court coaching as part of the academy.
“They’ll receive specialised netball coaching and will also learn about injury prevention, diet and nutrition, social media, public speaking and integrity in sport,” Jenn said. “They will take classes focusing on this sort of stuff before they go out and train.
“The aim of this academy is to fast track these girls, and hopefully prepare them for state netball level one day — so it’s a great achievement and opportunity.”
Latia and Jazmin showcased their talent in a recent social netball competition run by the Kyabram Sports and Entertainment Stadium.
The girls played in a team of 13-year-old girls who entered the open-age competition looking to gain some experience against the more experienced players. Incredibly, they took out the title.
The first session of the academy will be held on Sunday, March 18.