Lightning returns to Horsham
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Melbourne University Lightning to run second Elite Regional Clinic
Melbourne University Lightning is proud to announce the Club is returning to Horsham to run its Elite Regional Clinic on Sunday April 30 at Holy Trinity Lutheran College.
Powered by Graincorp, the Club, lead by Championship and Division 1 head coach Tegan Hopkins, and 19 & Under head coach Sarah Mylrea, will conduct three, two-hour elite athlete clinics for inter-league members in the 13 & Under, 15 & Under and 17 & Under age groups.
After a brilliant inaugural Clinic last July, the Club and GrainCorp entered into an extended partnership, which will see the Horsham Clinic run annually for the next three years.
Horsham District League and Wimmera League members will have direct access to local talent-identification - an incredible opportunity for young athletes to showcase their skills and receive vital lessons from some of the state’s best coaches.
The Club are one of ten licensees in the Victorian Netball League (VNL), providing an elite daily training environment to further athletes and coaches through the pathway.
This year, the Club are home to two Melbourne Vixens training partners (with a further two alumni, Jordan and Zoe Cransberg, training partners at West Coast Fever), and two underage State team members, with further Talent Academy athletes and Australian Netball Championship teams to be announced later in the year.
On the back of last years’ success, Tegan Hopkins is eager to return to the region. “We loved our first Elite Regional Clinic in Horsham, and can’t wait to get back! The sessions will focus on fundamental skills, but we’ll also work in specialist areas and how they can all fit into greater team structures.”
Melbourne University Lightning President, Michael Hutchinson, is excited for the Clinic to be continuing, thanks to the support from GrainCorp. “We’re rapt to partner with GrainCorp to deliver this Clinic to elite netballers in the Wimmera region and look forward to doing so for years to come.”
Australian High Performance and former international coach Karen Worland will also be involved in the Clinics, as will several Melbourne University Lightning athletes. Local coaches are encouraged to attend across the day and observe the Clinics.
Local Wimmera, and current Lightning, athletes Maggie Caris, Rene Caris and Lavinia Fox are all former dual A-Grade Premiership Players for Horsham Saints FNC within the Wimmera Football Netball League. Fox has also signed with Edenhope/Apsley A-Grade in the Horsham District Football Netball League for the 2023 season.
After attending the 2022 Clinic, Jorja Clode now plays within the Club’s Bolts development teams. A further Bolts athlete, Nicola Clyne, hails from Warracknabeal Football Netball Club.
The Club is currently four rounds into the 2023 VNL season, and have five rounds still be live streamed across the remainder of the season, including First Nations Round in Round 9 against Casey Demons. The Club’s two Bolts development sides are halfway through their respective Autumn seasons at Parkville and are both in finals contention.
2023 Elite Regional Clinic - Powered by GrainCorp
Sunday April 30
Holy Trinity Lutheran College
25 Trinity Drive, Horsham
13 & Under - 8:45am - Registration, 9am - 11am - Clinic
15 & Under - 11am - Registration, 11:15am - 1:15pm - Clinic
17 & Under - 1:30pm - Registration, 1:45pm - 3:45pm - Clinic
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