Canterbury College’s netball program has been a dominating force this year, with success in local and state championships.
Canterbury also commenced a “netball academy” subject for year 9 and 10 students in 2020, with 27 taking up the challenge.
Director of netball, Deanne Hamilton says the students’ results didn’t go unnoticed.
“Netball Queensland was very impressed with the high number of students completing their accreditation, particularly when a switch to online learning for part of the course meant it was an interrupted learning year,” she said.
The students also successfully completed their umpiring theory, many now umpiring for their local netball associations.
Year 10 student Lilyana Fawkes went on to umpire at the 13-19 years Queensland State Secondary Championships and gain her national umpiring accreditation.
Canterbury’s Vicki Wilson Shield and Cup teams received automatic entry into the state championships this month.
The year 7-9 Shield team won the gold medal for the second year in a row, beating Helensvale SHS in the grand final 39-16.
The year 10-12 Cup team finished third.
Canterbury’s senior mens’ netball team received a wildcard entry to the competition in their first year.
Two Canterbury Year 12 students, Grace Hamilton and Lori Barron are contracted to Brisbane East Netball for the 2020 Hart Sapphire Series, with both girls also selected to play for the Tigers team in the 18 Years State Titles.
Jada Anstee, Madisen-Jade Iva, Ema Wood, Lathia Sheppard, Tahmira Sheppard and Zoe Battaglene Sharp were selected in emerging squads.
Year 8 student Aaliyah Frescon-Sheppard won a gold medal representing South Coast in the Queensland championship final.
“We are defining their court structures to bring more of a competitive edge to their game, which is a new style and understanding of game play aimed at lifting them to the next level,” Canterbury’s performance netball coach Erin Byrnes said.
“The last couple of years I have mainly coached adults but working at Canterbury was an opportunity to get back to doing what I love most: developing young talent.”