Talented Northern Jets netballer Claudia Barton has been appointed as Coolamon’s new A grade coach.
After three seasons with the Jets, including the past two as coach, Barton has made the switch to the Riverina League and will coach the Hoppers.
The 21-year-old has experience playing in Sydney and Canberra and is looking forward to the new challenge at Coolamon.
“I am, it will be a good change I think,” Barton said.
“It will be good not to have to travel as far and they are very similar to the Jets.”
Barton won the club best and fairest in each of her three seasons at the Jets.
She won the 2016 Farrer League netball rising star award and has finished in the top five of the Marilyn Brooks Medal for the past two seasons.
Barton hopes to get improvement out of a young Coolamon team.
“Because there is a lot of up and comers and because the club is really young, I think they have got a lot of potential so I’ll try to push them in the right direction and teach them my skills that I learnt growing up through netball,” she said.
Barton, while only young, enjoys coaching.
“It’s frustrating but rewarding,” she said.
Coolamon netball coordinator Sonya Buchanan believes Barton will be a great coach for the Hoppers.
“Claudia will bring experience and a lot of passion, especially for junior development,” Buchanan said.
“That is where the club wants to put a lot of energy and she is someone that I’m sure will do that for us, on and off the court, and bring a really good balance.”
Coolamon has also appointed Taylah Robinson as the club’s A Reserve coach.
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