National Performance Program (NPP)

The program is conducted as part of BA’s National High Performance Pathway and provides a quality daily training environment (DTE) 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. The NPP Program may have up to 15 athletes in total.   Other identified athletes may be invited to the National Intensive Training Program (NITP), which underpins the NPP, and participate in small group skill development sessions and training 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 commitments 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 access to sports nutrition, performance psychology and personal excellence program support.

NPP athletes will have individually tailored Strength and Conditioning sessions twice weekly at ACTAS’s gym under the supervision of ACTAS staff which incorporates physical testing, athlete mobility and strength development programs. Athletes undertake weekly on court individual or small group technical sessions and monthly mini-camps (primarily August through November) to further develop individual fundamentals and team concepts. In addition all NPP athletes complete weekly shooting programs.

NPP athletes may be invited to attend other State NPP 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 undertake an international tour every few 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


NPP Athletes (Male)

Harry Matthew  – NorthsCharlie Potter – Wests
Henry Wallace – RadfordAlex Toohey – Marist
Bowyn Beatty – Wests Jordan Jonathan – Norths                        
Lachlan Smith – RadfordCaden Spinks – Queanbeyan
Cameron Pender  – Wests
Lachlan Fitzpatrick – Queanbeyan 
Jake Saunders – MaristMajak Wel – Marist
Cobey Barbes – MaristDarcy O’Keefe – Norths
Angus Byatt – Canberra GrammarSpencer Musgrove – Radford
Oliver Primrose – Canberra GrammarDuot Duot – Wests
William Rice – NorthsAlex Culver – Canberra City Stallions
Che Peters – Belconnen RamblersMalcolm Fitzgerald – Canberra Grammar
Mason Bruce – Marist 

NPP Athletes (Female)

Abby Solway – QueanbeyanMaddison Wheatley – Ginninderra Rats
Emmersyn Clarke – Ginninderra RatsMia Slater – Wests
Hayley Macdonald – Norths 
NITP Women 
Tilley Bean – NorthsHannah Briskey – Daramalan
Emily Nguyen – RadfordMailey Cunningham – Daramalan
Sophie Rogic – NorthsAlison Francis – Ginninderra Rats
Ryeli Fleming – TSCLaura Shortt  – Daramalan
Keeley Dunbar – NorthsEmma Slater – Wests
Sophie McWatt – Belconnen RamblersElla Collins – TSC
Michayla Wood – Daramalan