Frankston Blues’ Bonnie Deas has received a scholarship to Basketball Victorias; Victorian National Performance Program (VNNP) for Victorian Metropolitan Girls.
Only the best country and metropolitan Under-16/Under-18 athletes are selected for the VNPP to improve their skills and enhance their development.
VNPP is tailored to develop high–caliber athletes that will head towards elite representation at the national level and into professional opportunities in Australia and abroad. 51 players have been selected as part of the VNPP’s second intake, following successful completion of the inaugural program across 2019/2020.
These players have been awarded scholarships after being identified by our High-Performance Head Coaches as having the potential to represent Australia in the future.
Basketball Victoria’s General Manager – High Performance and Pathways; Grant Wallace spoke about the program.
“The VNPP is an amazing program as we get to see the sheer number of Victorian rising stars take big steps from being impressive juniors to elite senior representatives ready for collegiate and professional basketball,”
“Every chance we get to add to these players’ skillsets and build on their impressive talents is an opportunity we’re excited to take.”
“While 2020 has been difficult across the board, not just within basketball itself, we’re looking forward to getting our athletes back on court regularly in late 2020 and 2021 with this program and many others like it from Basketball Victoria.”
Bonnie has played for Frankston since under 12s and has gained lots of experience in the Blues uniform including National Classic appearances in both Under 12s and Under 14s and National Club Championships in Under 14s.
On a Basketball Vicotria State-level, she has been selected for numerous high-performance programs including the Southern Cross Challenge and State Development Programs.
Frankston Blues Junior Girls Coaching Coordinator Kerryn Mitchell celebrated Bonnie;
“Bonnie started with Blues as a training player when she was only 7 years old! Her intensity and passion for the game was as evident then as it is now.”
“It’s of no surprise to anyone who has worked with her or watched her progress that she is now being recognized at a national level.”
“This is a great opportunity for Bonnie and we look forward to seeing what she does with it.”