Following on from the success of the region having five athletes selected for the Netball NSW’s new Regional Development Squad program, two other stars on the court have been chosen as part of another of the sport’s development squads.
Former Negs student Charlotte Raleigh and Gunnedah’s Eliza Perkins were selected in the state body’s Talent Development Squad for 2018 which is made up of the NSW’s best up and coming netballers.
There are 29 players in the squad from all over the state and will train every week under some of the country’s top netball coaches.
Raleigh and Perkins both starred in the Northern Inland Academy of Sport’s netball program, racking up award wins and representative honours throughout their time on the court.
The duo are the best of mates and are very excited to be named in the same State squad.
They both know only too well what a hard road it is from small country towns and are a great support to each other and correspond regularly on their home based training sessions.
It’s been a busy year for Raleigh who just completed her Higher School Certificate.
She competed at nationals in April as part of the NSW under 19s team.
Raleigh will attend university in Sydney after being offered a spot in the Northern Suburbs Opens Premier League team, a huge step in the young netballer’s sporting career.
Perkins is just entering her HSC year and is set for a busy one as she attempts to balance all of these netball commitments with the HSC but she is confident she can manage both, along with her daily training regime.