Warwick girls ready to impress

WARWICK players Sophie Power and Elizabeth Cowley, from the Darling Downs Ergon Energy Netball Academy, are getting ready to impress at the Ergon Energy Netball Academy Screening and Development Weekend next month.

Both Power and Cowley were chosen to participate in the academy with 10 other young netballers after the region's finest up and coming athletes came together for trials in March.

They will join Toowoomba's Rachael Curtis, Lavinia Tea, Monica Lysanowicz, Laura McDougall, Tahlor Sullivan, Highfields Madeline McDermid and Lockyer's Lauren Murry to represent Darling Downs at the weekend.

McDougall has a Warwick connection as her grandparents live in the town.

Throughout the year, all academy athletes have taken part in specialist training and development programs, including a training session with former Australian and world championship coach Jill McIntosh.

They participated in the Mission Young Guns in2leadership Program.

The Ergon Energy Netball Academy is in its fourth year of providing a development pathway for skilled young athletes, as well as coaches, umpires and administrators.

From September 18-19, Power and Cowley will join netballers from other academies within Netball Queensland's 12 regions to participate in the development and screening session with the help of specialist coaches from around Australia.

Netball Queensland Elite Program co-ordinator Margaret Monaghan said the academy development weekend was the jewel in the crown for the 144 athletes from the 12 regions of Queensland.

The weekend is a first selection trail for Netball Queensland's state underage teams in 2010.

“The weekend gives academy athletes, coaches, umpires and administrators an opportunity to share and expand on their netball experiences,” Monaghan said.

In 2009, the academy program proved to be a successful venture with 18 academy athletes making it to the phase two state selections.

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