Diamonds to dazzle Hervey Bay

THREE ex-Australian Diamonds players will put the shine on the region's best netball talent when they rock up for a Wide Bay Talent Camp in October. 

Former Diamond Bianca Chatfield (left) will attend a Wide Bay Talent Camp in Hervey Bay in October.
Former Diamond Bianca Chatfield (left) will attend a Wide Bay Talent Camp in Hervey Bay in October. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Former national captain Natalie von Bertouch and her sister Laura will be in Hervey Bay looking to inspire the next generation of Diamonds.

They will be joined by Bianca Chatfield, who announced her retirement from international netball following the Diamonds' drought-breaking Commonwealth Games gold medal win over New Zealand in Glasgow.

The trio will hold clinics consisting of talent training in all areas of the court as well as off-court development sessions including diet and leadership.

"It's amazing we get this opportunity for these players to visit our region so our young girls can access the top level of training without having to travel far," Hervey Bay Netball Association secretary Renee Searle said.

"It's a great chance for them to be able to see they to can make it to the top level with hard work and share the experience on how to get to that level and what commitment it takes in terms of athleticism, skill and on and off court training."

The camp is targeting 12 to 15 year olds who have represented their association or school zone in 2014.

Although training is the key to success, the two days aren't just about hard work but having fun.

"I think the kids will appreciate seeing their stars as human and as everyday girls who have trained hard, set goals and been able to achieve their goals," Searle said.

"The other thing which is really good thing is numbers are capped so that the kids get more individual attention.

"It's not 100 kids working with one athlete, they're actually getting that personalised feedback and that personalised attention from their stars."

Hervey Bay has had its fair share of netball stars in recent times with Diamonds captain Laura Geitz hosting a clinic in November and Queensland Firebirds pair Amorette Wild and Ameliaranne Wells (now with Central Pulse) dropping by in February.

"The Laura Geitz clinic was packed and I think it motivates and inspires the kids to put that extra effort in and try new skills and become better athletes especially the off court information they will receive as well," Searle said.


WHAT: Wide Bay Talent Camp with former Australian Diamonds players Natalie von Bertouch, Laura von Bertouch and Bianca Chatfield

WHEN: October 4-5

WHERE: Hervey Bay Netball courts

COST: $150 (includes ball, singlet and lunch)

OPEN TO: Players aged 12-15 (1999 - 2002) who have represented their association or school zone in 2014

REGISTER: Visit your local association website or Facebook page or click on this link

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