Ballarat's Poppy Douglass has been identified as one of the nation's top emerging netball players.
The 16-year-old has cracked Netball Australia's 17-under Netball Centre of Excellence squad.
She has been invited to attend an Australian representative camp alongside 35 other top players.
Her attendance however will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
"It's nice to be able to hear that news," Douglass said.
"Due to the year, it's given me something to look forward to and focus on."
The selection marked the second straight year Douglass has been included in the squad.
She got her first taste of the program as a bottom-aged player in 2019 after impressing selectors at the Australian National Championships.
She later secured a scholarship at the Victorian Institute of Sport.
"Because nationals was cancelled this year I was notified that I'd most likely be picked again due to my selection last year," she said.
Douglass hoped to once again attend the camp, which will take place at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Held over five days, she will learn under some of the country's top coaches.
"The facilities up there are amazing so it's really cool to be able to experience them," Douglass said.
"Last year we heard from the Australian coach and a few Australian players."
Douglass was one of three players with local ties selected into the COE program.
Sacha McDonald, who attended school in Ballarat, was named in the 21-under national squad, which will play in the 2021 Netball World Youth Cup.
The camp will serve as preparation for the benchmark event.
Meanwhile Maggie Caris, who also plays football for the Greater Western Victoria Rebels, cracked the 19-under squad. Her selection followed an invitation to the 2021 AFLW draft combine last week.
The 17-under and 19-under camps will be headed by netball Centre of Excellence head coach Michelle Wilkins.
Wilkins spoke of the immense talent within the Netball Australia pathway this year.
"Selection of these squads wasn't an easy process due to the depth of talent we have coming through our system. We have even seen some of our athletes within this group starring on the Suncorp Super Netball court this season," she said.
"While it has been a challenging year, it is our priority to ensure we are constantly nurturing and developing the talent coming through the Netball Australia pathway and we look forward to bringing everyone together later in the year for our training camps."