The JCU Townsville Fire has unveiled Aneka Davis and Julia Duroux as their Queensland Country Health Fund Academy coaches for the 2015/16 season.
The former Fire stars will take charge of their first QCHF Academy session next week, having spent the past month trialling some of North Queensland’s brightest basketball prospects at Townsville RSL Stadium.
Davis is a dual Olympian who was recently voted by the fans as one of the Fire’s greatest all-time players, while Duroux was an inaugural member of the club’s playing roster and is one of the most revered state league players in Townsville Flames history.
Fire General Manager Richard Goodbody said he was delighted to welcome back the former players in an official capacity.
“Aneka and Julia boast a wealth of basketball knowledge and we couldn’t think of two better candidates to mentor our next generation of stars,” Goodbody said.
“While the Queensland Country Health Fund Academy is primarily about skill-development, it also focuses on all the elements required to transition into the WNBL one day.
“It’s been a great stepping stone in recent years with the likes of Emma McKenzie and Ainsley Walsh transitioning from Academy representatives to Fire players and I’m sure we will continue to develop North Queensland talent through the program.”
Entering its fifth season, the QCHF Academy is designed to provide talented basketballers with a pathway to the Wattle Valley WNBL.
The program includes elite coaching from the JCU Townsville Fire, as well as experiential components on game days.
The QCHF Academy squad will be announced next week.