Wide Bay Regional Academy members (L) Soraya Dredge (assistant coach) with Tailah Love, Megan Vivian and Tia Hamlet.
Wide Bay Regional Academy members (L) Soraya Dredge (assistant coach) with Tailah Love, Megan Vivian and Tia Hamlet. Alistair Brightman

Netball girls aim at a new goal

SHOOTING goals is what they do best. 

But these days emerging talents Tailah Love, Megan Vivian and Tia Hamlet are devoting their time to new goals to shoot for.

The Hervey Bay trio are members of the Wide Bay netball regional academy, which aims to provide a congruent development pathway and assists young netball players a chance to reach their potential.

Goal shooters Love, Vivian and Hamlet are the first Hervey Bay players since Sarah Hoogendorn a few years ago to be named in the squad.

But because they are three years younger than some of their fellow squad members, academy assistant coach Soraya Dredge, of Hervey Bay, anticipates the program will boost their chances of gaining selection in a Queensland side in future years.

"All three of them, physically and mentally, have the capacity to go ahead in their netball career," she said.

"It's about commitment that comes from the individual.

"It will be interesting to see how they develop over the next few years, but I'm confident if they keep travelling on this path they'll gain selection down the track."

Over the next few months the girls will take part in four camps, including one on Sunday at Hervey Bay PCYC, where they will be put through their paces by their coaches and prepare for the Netball Queensland academy screening and development weekend in September.

It is there the girls will get their best opportunity to impress Queensland selectors when they join girls from the other 11 academy squads in a three-day camp in Brisbane.

"The girls are all eager and positive about what's coming up and very thankful to be given an opportunity like this," Dredge said.



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