Australian Born 1995 girl’s squad announced

Jess Zimmerman in action

Jess Zimmerman in action

Australia’s next crop of future Aussie Stingers stars has been announced by national junior women’s coach Eddie Denis.

The former South Australian mentor has selected 17 girls in an extended Australian Born ’95 squad to begin a two year cycle in preparation for the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

The athletes were identified based on performances at the recent 18 & Under National Club Championships and will undergo a rigorous program aimed at harnessing their development.

Denis was buoyed by the opportunity to foster Australia’s next group of youngsters and had full confidence in his elite pathway program.

“As the nation junior coach I am excited  to implement this comprehensive training structure over the next two years which will be great preparation for the FINA World Junior Championships in 2015,” Denis said.

“It will provide a pathway for Australia’s most talented junior athletes to make the smooth transition into the Australian senior program.”

Denis’s two year plan will work in conjunction with Greg McFadden’s senior Aussie Stingers program providing the squad with a wealth of high performance networks.

The main cornerstones of Denis’ two year structure includes:

* Potential entry of a stand-alone junior team in the Institute Challenge each year. The Institute Challenge will occur in the last quarter of each year. If a stand-alone junior team is not viable in this competition, it would be expected that the best junior athletes would play for their home SIS/SAS team.

* A residential camp for select junior and senior Australian athletes to be held in Canberra through December and January each year. This introduction to the women’s national program is to fast track potential Olympic level players and will be subsidised by Water Polo Australia. Selection of athletes for the residential camps will be based on each athlete’s performance at national championships, talent camps, the Institute Challenge and SIS/SAS Programs throughout the year. The camp will involve around 20 athletes each year.

* Talent camps to be held twice per year in the States, which is a chance for the Australian coaches to view prospective junior and youth athletes in an intensive camp environment.

* Updates to the Australian Born ’95 squad after every relevant national competition.

* Training camps to be held after the 20 & Under National Championships or NWPL finals in preparation for overseas tours each year.

* Overseas tours to occur in August each year.

The girls’ first port of call will be a tour to the USA and Canada in August, before the Institute Challenge in October and November.

Australian Born ’95 Squad

GK’s: Katie Blunt (Victoria), Genevieve Longman (Triton – UWA Torpedoes), Georgia Rossettin (Sydney Northern Beaches)

Field Players: Tiana Andersen (Sunshine Coast), Tahlia Bogg (Sydney Northern Beaches), Pascal Casey (Balmain), Lenke Dauda-Board (Triton – UWA Torpedoes), Stephanie El Safty (UNSW Killer Whales), Ellen Hahn (Drummoyne), Emma Lewis (Sydney Northern Beaches), Millie Martino (Dolphins), Emma Newell (Tasmania), Montana Perkins (Hunter), Laura Robinson (Hunter), Katelyn Sheterline (Sunshine Coast), Fiona Walsh (Drummoyne), Jessica Zimmerman (Dolphins – UWA Torpedoes)

2013 Schedule

August: B95/96 Tour to USA and Canada

October: Institute Challenge

November: Talent camps in States

December: Residential camp in Canberra

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