The Basketball Australia National Performance Camp (NPC) will take place at the Australian Institute of Sport from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 January 2024.
The camp will bring together 24 boys and 23 girls, born in 2007 and 2008, along with 30 coaches from across the country.
The aim of the camp is to provide athletes will a fully residential experience staying onsite at the Australian Institute of Sport which will introduce them to the elite training environment that is part of Basketball Australia’s high performance program.
They will train twice a day, and have access to elite facilities and support including coaching, recovery, physiotherapists, and education sessions, providing them with an insight into what is involved to become future Australian Boomers and Opals.
Athletes’ selection for the camp has come after being identified through their state/territory State Performance Program and at Australian Junior Championship level, with the camp boasting atleast one representative from every Australian state and territory.
The NPC has been a key talent development activity for more than 30 years and has seen Opals and Boomers legends such as Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Steph Talbot, Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut and Aron Baynes attend the camp as junior players.
The coaching panel for the camp will consist of the Basketball Centre of Excellence (CoE) Coaches, along with State/Territory High Performance Coaches and invited network coaches. The camp will also include education sessions and physical testing.
CoE Head Coaches David Herbert (Women’s) and Robbie McKinlay (Men’s) will be the camp head coaches and BA Head of High-Performance Coach Development Peter Lonergan will be the Camp Director.
“The NPC is a key event in the Basketball Australia Performance Pathway and has been so for more than 40 years,” Lonergan said.
“To be able to bring young players and coaches together from each state and territory is a terrific opportunity and chance to identify the next generation of Opals and Boomers.”