MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - The first ever Australian Indigenous Basketball (AIB) Women’s National High-Performance Training Camp held over last weekend in Melbourne was deemed a major success. Twenty-two players from across the country journeyed to Dandenong Basketball Stadium for two-days of intense training.
Along with the on-court individual skill development and team focused sessions, players also participated in physical testing and played an exhibition game against the Dandenong Rangers Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Academy.
Not only was the camp used for talent identification, it also formed part of the selection process for the 2019 Apunipima AIB All Stars women’s national squad.
AIB All Stars men’s national team head coach Joel Khalu was one of the camp facilitators and acknowledged the outstanding talent levels on display.
“It was really pleasing to see so many hard-working and skillful players in our women’s program,” Khalu said.
“We had athletes attend from across the nation and to witness that commitment from all of the players to improve was really special.”
“Considering that most of the players were in the that sixteen to twenty-one age bracket, also means our AIB women’s national team has a bright future ahead.”
“There’s going to be some really difficult decisions for the AIB national selection panel when it comes to naming our 2019 women’s All Stars, but having so much talent to choose from is a great position to be in.
The 2019 Apunipima AIB All Stars women’s national squad will be announced in January next year.