2017 has proved to be one of the most successful for the Corio Bay Basketball Associations, with a record number of players and coaches involved with the Basketball Victoria Country Academy program. Katrina Cochrane, Mia Haritos, Grace Josipovic, Amber Kelly and Samantha Kelly will represent the girls whilst Brodie Crompton, Deklan O'Toole, Ethan Powe, Jamie Ryan, Fergus Sharp, Kane Thornburgh and Marcus Wharton are the boys representatives. Coaches involved in the BVC Skills Day and Academy program are Joel Anderson, Abby Loughead, Hugh Moor, Mitchell Stoop and Dan Coles.
The 2017 BVC Regional Academy will be a 20-week program that includes two camps and develops individual’s skills and team concepts. It forms the selection process for the Gold Nugget Camp and ultimately, the Australian Junior Country Cup and Southern Cross Challenge in January 2018.
"We put a big focus on preparing our players for the Academy program," Director of Coaching Joel Anderson said. "We identified at the end of the 2016 season that our players need more exposure to the BVC Style of Play, language and drills if they were going to be successful at the next level."
What has made implementing this change in philosophy easier has been the number of coaches involved in the program. "Early on we only had one coach in the BVC program. Now we have quite a few," Anderson said. "This means they are able to bring what they have learnt back to their respective teams."
President Mike Nelson reflected on the change in the CBBA representative levels since their early days. "We have always produced Country Victorian players, but we would only have 1 or 2 representatives in an age group," Nelson said. "I remember when the amount of kids trying out was the same as the kids we had selected this year. To have the numbers have now is a testament to the hard work being done."
What is the most pleasing is the number of girls representing the program. "We've always been traditionally strong in the boys side," Anderson said. 'But to have all these girls in the BVC program is going to set us up for the next few years."
Congratulations to all our players and coaches and best of luck for the 2017 Academy program.