Program Overview

The Gold Coast Academy of Sport offered a Basketball program in 2022 for developing athletes to gain further individual skill development and knowledge on how to improve performance.

From March through to August 2023 we are excited to deliver a girls’ program to provide U14 and U15 players the opportunity to improve as an athlete on and off the court.

The value-added educational sessions that the Academy offers assists athletes in their chances of future development and representation in regional and state teams.

In addition to on-court training sessions and development, athletes will receive educational seminars to assist with their personal development off the basketball court.

In addition to the girl’s program the Academy is also looking to conduct a 2-day program in June/July open to both males and females with the unique opportunity for players to be mentored by leading Australian representatives. Phil Smyth, past player and coach of the Australian team has made himself available to come to the Gold Coast to help. Brian Kerle, NBL winning coach and Australian basketballer will be delivering the clinic alongside Phil. This will be announced shortly.


Girls 8-week program

Coaches: Dean Sainsbury & Matt Harrison

2-Day Clinic 

Coaches: Phil Smyth, Brian Kerle & Toby Kerle 

Staff – Annaleise Stoyko and Glynis Nunn OAM

Girls 8-week Program:

Aria Watson

Mayci Farcic

Mia Harrison

Jessica Smith

Lillie Farcic

Mia Blake

Sophia   Gabriel

Issy O’Regan

Esther Taleni

Jade Wright

Skylar Surie

Aria Melenewycz

Jenna Thompson

Selection Process

Applications for the GCAS Basketball Program can be found under the program information tab with applications closing a month prior to program/clinic commencement date.

For further information please contact the GCAS office.


The 2023 program is open to female Basketball players in U14 and U15 (Born 2009-2010) who are registered with a Basketball QLD affiliated association.

Athletes must be permanent residents of the Gold Coast region and a current financial member of both their club association and Basketball QLD.

The Pathway

The Gold Coast Academy of Sports Basketball program sits between local representative basketball, and higher order representation such as Regional and QLD state team selection.

The Academy program exists to up-skill athletes and assist them in progressing to higher representation in the sport of Basketball through the delivery of value-added educational sessions.

Athlete benefit

  • Athletes will receive on-court training, skill development, education and personal development.
  • Access to further educational opportunities provided by GCAS