FOUR Maitland netballers will represent their city and region this weekend at the Your Local Club Academy Games Greater Bank Netball Tournament.
They will join almost 300 up-and-coming netball players between 14 and 16 years of age at Matland Federation Centre on Saturday and Sunday. The Hunter Academy of Sport team includes Maitland's Lexy Holz, Amity Petersen, Tayla Winter and Sophie Hickling.
Hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport, the netball tournament is part of the 2019 Your Local Club Academy Games. The Games will showcase more than 1300 emerging athletes from 11 NSW regions, across eight sports.
"As one of the Academy Games' biggest events, the Greater Bank Netball Tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for budding young players to get a taste of competing at an elite level," Hunter Academy of Sport CEO Brett O'Farrell said.
"The Your Local Club Academy Games is an exciting initiative that enables our state's most talented young athletes the chance to come together to not only compete but to celebrate sport and the skills and commitment involved."
For those participating, the tournament is a chance to showcase their skills and test them against their peers. This can help them achieve higher representative honours;
Greater Bank's community engagement manager Ingrid Kaczor said it was wonderful to have a competition that provided an avenue for players to improve their skills, adding the bank had been a proud sponsor of grassroots netball for more than 20 years.
"We are thrilled to be working with the Hunter Academy of Sport once again to roll out the netball tournament and look forward to witnessing the state's talent showcase," she said.