The JCU Townsville Fire has today announced their Queensland Country Health Fund Academy for the 2016/17 season.
Entering its sixth season, the QCHF Academy is designed to provide talented North Queensland basketballers with a pathway to the WNBL.
The program includes elite coaching from the JCU Townsville Fire, as well as experiential components on game days.
Overseen by head coaches Aneka Davis and Julia Duroux – both former Fire players – the QCHF Academy features 10 players aged between 13-16.
“The Queensland Country Health Fund Academy is an important component of our pathway system,” Fire General Manager Richard Goodbody said.
“It provides us with a great platform to expose North Queensland basketballers to the rigours of the WNBL – on and off the court – and to aid in their development to become the next generation of Fire stars.
“We’re delighted with the role that it has played in our championship success.”
In recent years, the QCHF Academy has seen Emma McKenzie, Haylee Andrews and Ainsley Walsh graduate into Fire representatives, with the latter securing a WNBL title after debuting last season.
The QCHF Academy commenced earlier this month and will run through until the end of the WNBL season.
Queensland Country Health Fund Representatives:
Shaylee Browning (Hyats)
Harriet Carey (Hyats)
Majella Carey (Hyats)
Lucie Dixon (Bouncers)
Aliza Fabbro (Bouncers)
Alex Fowler (Blackstars)
Shantey Kaigey (Blackstars)
Ainselie Minogue (Blackstars)
Shaina Pacey (Hyats)
Chailee Ward (Hyats)