Athlete Program



Program overview

The SESA Netball Program forms an important step in the Netball NSW Player Development Pathway and focuses on improving and developing player skills.

The SESA Netball program provides development, education and support structures for athletes to easily integrate to the next level of the elite athlete pathway and focuses on individual athlete development.

Scholarship holders will be required to undergo an induction process, attend weekend training camps, and participate in academy activities.

Scholarship benefits

Academy Netball provides each athlete:

Coaching Excellence – In a series of training sessions netballers will work with experienced coaches to develop court skills and Netball IQ.

Personal Growth – Off court sessions such as time management, performance under pressure and nutrition ensure athletes grow on and off the court.

General Athletic Development – Testing and an introduction to Strength and Conditioning will improve speed, power and reactive ability on court and will lessen the chance of injury.

High level Competitive Experience - Two Academy Challenges are planned in 2020.  Netballers from SESA will play against athletes from all corners of NSW in a fun competition that is all about individual development. A selection process may take place to compete at these events.

High Performance Camp – Academy athletes all come together at Netball Central in Sydney for a weekend camp where the girls have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best.

A step on the Pathway – If you dream of being selected to represent Netball NSW one day or play for the Giants, the Swifts or the Diamonds, the SESA netball program is an important step in your development.

Athlete eligibility

To be eligible for a 2020 SESA Netball Scholarship, athletes must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Be a financial member of Netball NSW

  2. Reside within the South East Region of NSW

  3. Athletes turning 14, 15 or 16 years of age in 2020. 

Selection criteria

To gain selection into the SESA Netball Program athletes must satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following:

  • Be athletic and show potential in improving skills and ability

  • Be enthusiastic, motivated,  and committed 

  • Willingness to learn and apply coaching ideas.

Conditions of scholarship

SESA Netball Scholarship holders are expected to:

  • Attend all program activities

  • Be committed and prepared to work toward improving performance

  • Be committed to a holistic approach to athlete development

  • Not take or use performance enhancing drugs or illegal drugs or participate in other activities that are prohibited by the South East Sports Academy Code of Conduct

  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing SESA

  • Attend the Athlete Education camp at Jindabyne on 16-17 November 2019.

  • An athlete levy of $350 will apply which covers the cost of program activities.

  • There is an additional fee to attend the Your Local Club Academy Games and the Academy Challenge.

Application Process

  • Complete an online nomination form by 5pm on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

  • Attend selection trials

 Trial date:

 DATE: Sunday 3 November 2019

Time: 9.30AM -1.00PM (Please arrive by 9.00AM)

Venue: AIS Netball Courts


2019 Netball Squad

Alyssa Beasy; Alicia Carter; Charlise Cleary; Amy Frost; Roxy Horne; Eleni Lolesio; Tatyana Ludwig; Paige Manners; Darcy Mars; Jessica McDonald; Lucinda McGilvray; Sophie McInerney; Bree Mealy; Georgia Norman; Takiya Norris; Amelia Rademaker; Chloe Regterschot; Claire Robinson; Hailey Ruyssenaers; Sarah Shooks; Laura Sierant; Emily Woodward    

Netball Program Dates for 2019

Sunday 11 August

9.30am - 12.30pm


Goulburn – Veoila Centre, 45 Braidwood Rd Goulburn

Sunday 1 September


10.30am -2pm

Canberra – Netball ACT Centre Lyneham

Sunday 15 September

9.30am – 1pm

Match Play

Q-One Sports Centre – 1A Yass Rd Queanbeyan

Friday 28 – Monday 30 September

Academy Challenge


Sunday 3 November

2020 Trials


Athlete Applications close 30 October 2019


Manager nominations for 2020 open

Manager applications close 28 october 2020


the 2019 sesa coaching team

Victoria Schmahl, Head Coach

Carly Symons, head Coach

Tanya Baker, Assistant coach

Simone Blay, Assistant coach

Kelly Lolesio, Manager

Helen McDonald, Manager