National Performance Program (NPP)

The National Performance Program (NPP) is conducted as part of BA’s National High Performance Pathway and provides a quality daily training environment to support Nationally identified and other talented athletes who meet  BA’s and BACT’s Selection Criteria. The Program underpins BA’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) and supports BA’s National Program objectives.    Athletes participate in weekly small group skill development sessions, off-season mini-camps and other designated activities throughout the year.

Athletes who meet the BA/BACT selection criteria and demonstrate the necessary commitment and improvement in their Club and Representative programs will be offered opportunities to further assist in their basketball development. The NPP program is focused on long term athlete development by providing technical coaching, strength and conditioning and exposure to sports nutrition, mental health and personal excellence program support.

NPP athletes will have individually tailored Strength and Conditioning sessions twice weekly at a designated Club Lime Centre under the supervision of BACT Athletic Development Coach Sean Gilligan which incorporates physical testing, athlete mobility and strength development programs.

Identified NPP athletes may be invited to BA training camps or specific individual or team sessions at the BA Centre of Excellence. In addition to competition with their respective State Junior Programs, NPP athletes, and other identified athletes, may be invited to undertake an international tour to the US which generally take place every three years.

BA High Performance Goals

  • Build a culture of excellence and performance on and off the basketball court.
  • Develop world class athletes capable of winning medals at Olympics/Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
  • Ensure there are high quality coaches preparing basketball athletes to deliver the best performances when it matters.
  • Deliver an environment that can prepare our national team athletes to win and be the best in the world through the Basketball Centre of Excellence.
  • Provide optimal training, and competition structures (domestic and international) for Australian athletes capable of winning medals.

Canberra & ACT Representative Selection Criteria


2023 NPP Athletes

NPP Athletes have been selected for 2023, and have commenced their program.

When announcing the identified athletes, Basketball ACT’s Performance and Coaching Manager, Leonard King said, “The ACT junior Basketball landscape is once again busting at the seams with athletes who have the potential to represent the green and gold.  Basketball ACT has just completed its latest intake of National Performance Program athletes for 2023.  This program has transformed the way in which we provide access to development opportunities for elite junior athletes and emerging coaches.” 

“The Basketball ACT National Performance Program (NPP) is a specialised development program which forms one part of the National pathway. The NPP is delivered locally but led Nationally.  It has been created to help transition players, coaches, and officials from State to National level in preparation for International representation.” 

“Basketball ACT has made a significant investment in those athletes identified as having the potential to represent Australia one day.  My job is to assist the identified athletes transition from potential to performance, help them adopt high performance mind-sets and build high performance habits that speaks to their high-performance goals.” 

“The program will provide all athletes with 2 on-court sessions 2 strength and conditioning training sessions each week as well as holistic development and wellbeing support.”

2023 NPP Athletes

Boys (Club)Girls (Club)
Darcy O’Keefe (Norths)Ella Collins (TSC)
Dante Bruton (Rats)Sophie Brennan (Dodgers)
Arjun Rao (Stallions)Ava Boyes (Dodgers)
Alex Culver (Stallions)Maddie Farah (Rats)
Cohen Stonham (Roadrunners)Zara Russell (Dodgers)
Seliano Melekiola (Marist)Holly Denman (Radford)
Ajak Nyuon (Wests)Millah Sullivan (Radford)
Kanyi Menakaya (Radford)Talia Enchong (TSC)
Vinicius Thomson (Stallions)Ava Tawake (Norths)
Ryan Gooch (Rats)Hena Lomu (Daramalan)
Parker Hobbs (Dodgers)Madison Scholfield (Radford)
Will MacLeod (Dodgers)Molly Lacey (Rats)
Carlo Canaguin (Stallions)Zara Funnell (Norths)
Owen Nihill (Marist)