DEVELOPING QUEENSLAND’S TOP BASKETBALL ATHLETES TO REPRESENT AUSTRALIA
The top tier of the Basketball Queensland elite development pathway, the National Performance Program is a dedicated and intensive program for Queensland’s elite basketball athletes, providing development, training and support for athletes identified at the national level. This includes athletes with a disability – find out more about Wheelchair Basketball.
Basketball Queensland, in conjunction with Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, identifies Queensland’s elite junior basketball athletes for selection into the NPP each year, in the aim of preparing athletes for selection into the Australian Under 17 and Under 19 Junior teams, and beyond.
Athletes wishing to enter into the National Performance Program must provide an application, with Basketball Queensland and Basketball Australia selectors identifying those athletes who best fit the Boomers and Opals characteristics. Individual athletes’ physical attributes, athletic talent and potential basketball talent all form part of the selection criteria.
2015 has seen a record number of inductees into the program, with a total of 24 athletes (12 boys and 12 girls) from ages ranging 12 to 18 selected into the elite program.
Training programs focus on individual physical skills, technical skills and tactical knowledge at the international level. Each NPP athlete receives individual customised training programs, with a team of dedicated coaching, sport science and other support staff through BQ, BA CoE and the Queensland Academy of Sport managing each player’s training, work and study commitments, to give athletes every chance of success.
Due to the centralisation of vital and world-class elite sport science and development resources in South-East Queensland, National Performance Program athletes must reside in the greater Brisbane region in order to participate in the National Performance Program. Regional athletes who are identified as potential NPP athletes are offered assistance with locating suitable school and basketball associations within the South East Queensland area.
Players have the potential to be identifed for the following national teams:
Under 17 men’s and Under 17 women’s teams
Under 19 Emus (men) and Under 19 Gems (women)
University men’s and women’s teams
Boomers senior men’s team, Opals senior women’s team
Under 25 wheelchair men’s and women’s teams
Rollers (men’s) and Gliders (women’s) wheelchair teams
Boomerangs (men’s) and Pearls (women’s) intellectually disabled team
Read more about the National Performance Program here, or for more information contact High Performance Director Leonard King: email@example.com