Shepparton basketballer Genna Ogier will be pushing for a berth on the Australian team when she joins up with the under-17 National Development Squad next month.MATTHEW GALEA December 4, 2013 4:05am
Genna Ogier has taken another step towards playing for Australia.
The multi-talented Shepparton teenager will head to Canberra next month to join up with the under-17 National Development Squad after impressing for Victoria at various national basketball tournaments and camps.
‘‘I played in the under-16 Australian Junior Basketball Tournament for Vic Country and got offered a spot in the National Performance Program,’’ Ogier, 15, said.
‘‘I’ve just been doing some training in that program and I was on the emergency list for the development squad, but someone pulled out so I got called up, so I’m a bit lucky I suppose.’’
The camp will offer elite training by various coaches, including Opals head coach Brendan Joyce, for the squad of 15 players, which Ogier will be one of the bottom-age girls.
‘‘I just look to improve and learn from the best coaches,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘It’s great to be able to play and train against some of the best players in the country.’’
Making this squad is just the next step on the long pathway to national representation for Ogier, who harbours hopes of travelling to the FIBA under-17 World Championships for women in Bratislava, Slovakia next year.
‘‘There’s a few more camps after the Canberra one, but the World Championships are on next year,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘If I can keep going to the Australian camps, hopefully I can get into the team from there, which would be exciting.’’
The small forward’s call up to the National Development Squad will more than likely curb her involvement in the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury-Wodonga, where she has been selected to represent Victoria Country in the under-18s.
‘‘I don’t think I’m going anymore because that’s a week before the camp in Canberra,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘I don’t want to get tired or injured or anything, so they’ve sort of advised I don’t go.’’
Ogier has plenty to keep her busy in the meantime.
‘‘I’ve got shooting programs and strength and conditioning programs to do,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘I’ll just try and do all the training beforehand to stay sharp so that I can play well at the camp.
“I’m pretty excited for the opportunity.’’
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