A MASTERCLASS with champion netballer Madi Browne proved a special treat for year 10 students at Dominic College recently.
The school hosted the Australian Diamonds player and Collingwood Magpies co-captain as part of its aim to develop the relationship between elite athletes and juniors, with the netball star running drills with the students and answering questions.
Dominic College 7-10 sports science teacher Aaron Davey said Ms Browne’s drills focused on basic skill, hand-eye coordination and footwork, while working on maintaining intensity throughout the entire session.
“Madi has a Bachelor of Education and is a gifted communicator,” he said.
“Some of the coordination and movement activities were exceptional for all athletes, but especially for our netballers.”
Year 10 student Ella Fitzpatrick said this had been one of her favourite classes yet.
“Having such an elite athlete teaching me and taking the class was an amazing experience,” she said.
“Her knowledge in the sporting field and her experiences playing in the Commonwealth Games for Australia, as well as the Collingwood Magpies, made her advice relevant to my sport of netball.”
Mr Davey said in the student Q&A, the two-time Liz Ellis Diamond winner – now out of action with an ACL injury – spoke about her nutrition and recovery plan for overcoming injuries.
She emphasised the need to be involved and passionate even when injured.
“Madi’s interaction with our students was excellent and it was great to have such an elite athlete and competitor at our college to role model attitude and commitment for our students,” he said.
Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the college continued to boast netball as one of its highest participation sports in years three to 10.
She said the college was involved in both the Catholic Schools and Independent Schools rosters.
Karana Netball Club continues to use the college’s Savio Centre for weekly training sessions during the netball season.
Caption: Dominic College students with champion netballer Madi Browne.