Media Release: Basketball Australia 

Basketball Australia’s High Performance team have offered scholarships to six junior athletes to join the women’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) program at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) with NSW Country Junior Isla Juffermans featuring from NSW.

Representing Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, the mid-year scholarship recipients will begin their six month training program this July.

The athletes include Isla Juffermans (NSW – Coffs Harbour Basketball Association & Hornsby Ku Ring Gai Basketball Association) Jayda Clark (WA), Dallas Loughridge (VIC), Ella Gordon (QLD), Jessica Petrie (QLD) and Ruby Gray (TAS).

CoE Women’s Head Coach, Kristen Veal is excited about the potential coming through the system.

“The new intake boasts huge diversity in talent, skill, size and personality. We are excited to see these young athletes immerse themselves in the daily training environment as they start the next phase of their basketball and life journey.

It is important to recognise the continued hard work of the state High Performance programs in identifying, developing and providing opportunities to these young players, to the level that they are recognised for a CoE scholarship.”

AIS programs have produced a wave of talent represented at both national and international leagues  including the likes of Australian Opals Jenna O’Hea, Liz Cambage and Bec Allen to name a few.

The six recipients will commence their training next month.