Hands-on mentor

Hands-on mentor
Nanjing Night Net

From the drills and thrills of the Anne Sargeant Netball Clinic to the glee of representing Australia Ms Sargeant (pictured) last week led another batch of juniors towards their dream.

Hosting a clinic at Jamison Park, Ms Sargeant helped mentor and develop the skills of 170 netball fanatics.

“The kids were really keen which made it fantastic for us,” she said.

“The focus was on basic skills and movement drills and we also spent time looking at specialist positions.

“We like to create a fun environment and make sure we develop balance, agility, footwork skills, vision, timing and court work.”

Assisting Ms Sargeant in the clinic was former Australian defender Karan Smith as well as current Australian National League and State League Division One players.

The guidance given to the girls wasn’t restricted to tricks and tips on the netball court but also how to best pursue and realise their ambitions when off it.

Ms Sargeant said the one piece of advice she liked to pass to participants was to remember netball was a team game.

“You’re part of a bigger picture,” she said. “There’s never any end point to developing your skill, never a point when you know and you’ve done it all.

“Every time you’re around someone new, listen to what they have to offer, add it to your repertoire of skills and keep working.

“Always look to people who are ahead or better so you keep setting goals for where you want to be.”

In addition to 16 highly commended awards, two special acknowledgments were given at the conclusion of the clinic.

Julia Self received the Mission Foods Award for Excellence while Taliah Richardson was awarded the Mission Foods Netball Scholarship.

“I’m a current national selector so it’s a beautiful position to work at both ends of the spectrum and watch those special few that keep going from here and get to the top level,” Ms Sargeant said.

Dynamic debut

Young winger Tim Cummings made a good impression in his first top-grade game, scoring a try, as Blue Mountains Rugby Union side hung on to beat Hills 32-18 at Lapstone Oval, setting the scene for Saturday’s crucial local derby against the tough Blacktown side at Glenwood, the winner virtually assured of a semi-final spot.

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