Australian Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander announced her 17-strong squad over the weekend (15 July), forming teams for the 2018 Quad Series and Constellation Cup in Australia and New Zealand this September and October.
UWA trainer and West Coast Fever star Jess Anstiss is one of the fresh-faces in the new-look squad, which also includes West Coast captain Courtney Bruce.
West Coast Fever Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich congratulated the duo on their selection.
“Both Courtney and Jess have worked incredibly hard in the West Coast Fever environment, and their selection is just reward for a wonderful Suncorp Super Netball campaign thus far,” Marinkovich said.
Named as West Coast Fever’s 2017 MVP, Jess has played for Western Australia at 17U, 19U and 21U level, with National selection in the same age groups.
The 21-year-old follows in the footsteps of her mother Bev, a former Australian representative.
Away from the netball court, Jess works as a fitness trainer for UWA Sport.
“It’s my first job out of University and its great working with such a variety of clients, and learning from the other trainers,” Jess says.
“It’s also really rewarding to pass on my knowledge to clients, some of it learnt at university and some through my Fever strength and conditioning coach, who’s up-to-date with the latest training techniques.”
The Diamonds will start their Quad Series campaign on Saturday 15 September against the South African Spar Proteas in Auckland before coming-up against the England Roses for the first time since the Commonwealth Games in Newcastle on 19 September.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events