2023 Athletes

Imogen Bonny

Summer Carlon

Sophie Cross

Zoe Curry

Isabel (Izzy) Edmunds

Lara Farlow

Tali Fellow

Kaelani Goolagong

Summer Griffiths

Amelia Irvin

Sophie Male

Georgia McCormack

Emily McPherson

Inez McPherson

Hallie Mimmo

Charlotte (Salote) Niuila

Madeline Priest

Tahlia Quinn

Indi Rynehart

Myah Sergi


2023 Officiating Athletes

Ruby Miller

Kiera Morgan

Sarah Oliver

Martha Tuckett

Head Coach

Carolyn Burgess

Assistant Coaches 

Georgia Fuller

Jemima Norbury

Rachel King


Michelle Sarkis

Umpire Coaches

Jessica McCallum

Michelle Sarkis

Southern Sports Academy athletes meet to receive the best and most professional coaching available in the area. In this program, there will be 2 distinct training blocks to allow play at local club netball.

The program will provide coaching, training, and athletic development to improve athletes with a view to:
• Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection
• Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any representation ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways;
• Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events.

In addition to the quality coaching, all scholarship holders in the Academy are also exposed to a range of workshops from our specialist consultants including workshops relating to Sports Psychology, Nutrition, Recovery, Athletic Development as well as receiving Strength and Conditioning training that is specific to their sport with complimentary gym membership.

The Southern Sports Academy understands there is a great deal more to being an outstanding athlete than what happens solely on the sporting court. To this end, the Academy provides professional tuition for its athletes on Personal Development related issues. Topics that are covered include (but are not restricted to) Leadership Skills, Goal Setting, Expectations and Obligations of the Professional Athlete, Responsible Use of Social Media, Time Management and Media Skills.

All this adds up to the Southern Sports Academy leading the way in terms of providing valuable development opportunities for junior athletes in the Southern NSW region.


This year will also see a Netball Officiating Program – please see nomination form for further information.

To be eligible for the Academy Netball Program, athletes must be turning 15 or 16 in 2023, ie. born between 2007 and 2008 inclusive and residing or schooling within the SSA catchment area.


NOTE: Umpires wishing to apply for the Officiating program must be aged turning 14-18 years 2023, ie born 2005 – 2009

IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits are subject to pending Government Covid Restrictions

• Skills training sessions
• Induction and Leadership camp
• Academy camp (Sydney)
• Clubs NSW Academy Games (Riverina)
• Academy Challenge – Phase 1 NSW State selection trials (Selected players only)
• Muscular skeletal Screening and Athletic Development programming
• Workshops focussing on Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning and Sports Medicine. Workshops relating to
athlete personal development will also be offered during the scholarship period
• Gym membership (dependant on partnerships within your local town)
• Online and face-to-face education relating to athlete personal development
• Annual presentation evening (sit down dinner – pending Covid restrictions)
• Southern Sports Academy uniform

A program levy will be applicable to successful athletes.  Also an athlete uniform ordered though our online clothing supplier Puma is required for new athletes.

Athlete levies are subsidised by minimum $100 worth or raffle ticket sales by athletes.

* Scholarships are not in the form of a monetary sum but enable the athlete to participate in Academy development programs at a greatly reduced rate.

Nominations are now closed.If you are interested in becoming a part of the Southern Sports Academy’s Netball Program for 2024, please fill out an Expression of Interest form below, and you will be notified once Nominations open.

Netball Expression of Interest

Program Partner