Schools Championships provides pathway for talented athletes

Tegan Philip is a great of the game.

She’s a Commonwealth Games gold medallist. A Melbourne Vixens premiership player. She was named in the Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Year in 2017. And currently in her ninth season at the Melbourne Vixens.

Yet if it wasn’t for the Schools Championships, she might not have graced the national stage.

Not discovered in the traditional pathways, Philip recalls being discovered by Australian netballer Nicole Richardson whilst competing at Schools.

“I was just playing with the girls. I didn’t even know that anyone was there watching and then Nicole Richardson approached me and asked me to trial for the state teams that year,” Philip said.

“I went along to those trials but didn’t make either of those teams. But two years later I was lucky enough to make the Victorian 21 and under state team.”

Just a few short years after making the 21/U side, she was a part of the Melbourne Vixens team.

A venture for both competition and fun, Philip said that the Schools Championships were one of her favourite times of the year.

“It was nice to be able to have a day where you weren’t sitting in the classroom, you were out with a group of girls in your year level playing a sport that you really enjoyed,” Philip said.

“Then you competed against other schools and see how you went against them.”

The Schools Championships celebrates its 50th year this year, after a record-breaking competition last year which saw 581 teams compete.

Now an intrenched part of the Netball Victoria calendar, upcoming talent such as state team players partake in the competition, as well as skilled coaches such as Melbourne Vixens assistant coach Di Honey.

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