Congratulations to all the boys who trialled and those who were selected to compete at the 2014 Youth National Championships, held on November 8 & 9 at Ryde Community Sports Centre, North Ryde.
The boys improved over the course of the weekend while having fun, winning their first match against Queensland, 23:16 before the opposition levelled the victory tally in the second match, winning 27:21. After defeating Queensland in the final 21:17, NSW are the 2014 Youth National Champions!
Meet the Coach – Claire Dennerley
Claire began playing handball for her high school at the Schools’ Championships in 2008. At the tournament she was approached to join a club and after a few months of training gained selection in the NSW U18 Girls team. She competed at the Youth Nationals later that year and backed up her selection in the NSW Junior team five more times – in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Claire went on to compete at the Australian National Championships in Perth in 2009, Sydney in 2011, Adelaide in 2012 and Brisbane in 2014.
With her dedication to training, Claire was selected in the Junior National team, which took her to New Caledonia in 2008 and 2009 and to the Junior World Championships in South Korea in 2010. Later in 2010, Claire was selected in and captained the inaugural Australian Youth Olympic Handball team that competed in Singapore. As a result of her representative honours, Claire was invited to be an athlete role model for girls and young women by NSW Womensport, notably travelling to Coffs Harbour in 2013 to run handball sessions and interact with school girls to encourage and promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Following on from her junior career, Claire began playing beach handball, competing at the National Beach Handball Championships on the Gold Coast in 2011, in Sydney in 2013 and Perth in 2014, and gaining selection in the National Beach Handball Squad in both 2013 and 2014.
Claire continues to be actively involved in handball, both as NSWHA Junior Development Officer and as President of UNSW Handball Club, as well as playing in the club competition for Sydney University and refereeing. She has continued her youth coaching role for the third consecutive year, taking on the U16 Boys team in addition to the U14 Boys who both won in the Youth Nationals competition held this year.