The Southport School to host Australian basketball’s best

FORMER Gold Coast Blaze coach Brendan Joyce has chosen the Glitter Strip for a training camp for the Australian Opals.

The 20-strong women’s squad will be put through its paces over six days at The Southport School (TSS) from April 13.

Joyce has reduced the squad after last week’s camp at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence, while welcoming several players back into the fold.


Coming together for the first time since the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, will be the stellar trio of Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips and Liz Cambage.

Joyce said the opportunity to work with the team for another extended period in a new environment would ensure there is no drop-off in the intensity of the squad’s training.

“By changing up the environment as part of our preparations for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women we can keep things fresh and keep the players engaged through this period of the campaign,” Joyce said.

“We’re in a really fortunate position to be coming to the Gold Coast: we get to bring the players into an environment where the climate is great for recovery, the facilities are world class and to a region that loves basketball.”

Mayor Tom Tate said he was thrilled to be hosting the Jayco Opals in the city for their World Championship preparations.

“With basketball a key Commonwealth Games sport, we will have new facilities to support elite teams like the Opals,” Cr Tate said.

“Our message to top level teams is simple – you can come here to train in world class sporting facilities and have a great time in our world class city.”