Agnes Emma-Nnopu and Gemma Potter earn BA COE scholarships

AGNES Emma-Nnopu and Gemma Potter have continued their stellar 2017 with another impressive achievement – selection into the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence.

Star-studded years for Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan– both claiming national championships in Townsville and Perth respectively – only got better as the tandem featured in the Australian under-16 Sapphires FIBA Asian Qualifiers victory.

But for now it’s time to pack the bags and head up to Canberra and begin life at the Centre of Excellence.

Emma-Nnopu – an under-18 national champion with our Victoria Country girls’ team – was thrilled to begin her journey and follow on the work of other Australian stars over the years at the centre.

“It is an absolute honour and privilege to be able to be a part of the women’s COE program and to be able to do what I love every day in such an elite environment, while following in the footsteps of some of our country’s greatest players,” Emma-Nnopu said. “Going here, I want to build on not only my game but my understanding of what it takes to make it in the sport that I love.”

Potter – an under-16 national champion with our Victoria Metropolitan girls’ team – was ecstatic to take her once in a lifetime chance and work 24/7 to make her basketball dreams happen.

“Being offered a scholarship at the COE is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could never pass up,” Potter said. “I am really looking forward to training with and against some of the best girls in Australia day in and day out and being coached by Kristen and Matt.

“This along with being able to use the fantastic facilities and services offered by the AIS will really help me to improve my game.”

Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence women’s program head coach Kristen Veal said the tandem’s fantastic work will set them up for future success looking towards FIBA world championships.

‘The new athletes in Agnes (and) Gemma… are coming off recent gold medal success at the U16 FIBA Asia Qualifiers and will be determined to build on that experience,” Veal said.

“All new athletes are eligible for the Under-17 and Under-19 FIBA World Championships to be played in 2018 and 2019 respectively so naturally we are looking forward to assisting in their development as they chase their Australian representative aspirations.

Agnes Emma-Nnopu and Gemma Potter will join Josh Kunen, Eliza Hollingsworth and Eliza Hollingsworth at the Centre of Excellence.

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