2017 Netball Athlete of the Year
Bilyana is a promising netballer from Shellharbour who has been in the Academy for three years.
In 2017, Bilyana has represented South Coast Schools Opens, Shellharbour Premier League and Illawarra.
Bilyana is a well-rounded holistic netballer who is achieving success both on and off the court.
The Lake Illawarra High School student has achieved a high level of academic success finishing first in Visual Arts, awarded a Year Adviser’s Certificate of Achievement, and received the School ROSE Award – Recognition Of Student Excellence.
“Bilyana has been an absolute pleasure to have within the IAS program over the past three years,” Illawarra Academy of Sports netball head coach Marji Parr said.
“Her courtside manner and maturity and ongoing retention and performance of skill exemplifies what each athlete in the IAS netball program should have.”
At the 2017 NSW Under 17s trials as a 15-year-old, Bilyana narrowly missed out on selection after making it through to the third and final phase of the top 30 girls in the state.
With the 2018 trials now underway, and another year at the Academy behind her, Bilyana once again was selected for Phase 3 which was conducted on November 5.
With the final team announced this month she will be hoping to go one better and make the final squad of 12 girls.
Bilyana is also a very community minded person, always willing to provide assistance where she can.
She is a graduate of the Links to Learning Program at Lake Illawarra High School where she has volunteered with the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra, cooking with the elderly and taking part in the Illawarra PCYC graffiti removal program.
In addition to this she has also been giving back to her sport and club by umpiring each week and coaching the Shellharbour under 10’s team.
Bilyana’s quiet confidence and nature provides her with strong leadership qualities.
Her positive comments and support of her team mates both on and off the court as well as her high level of self control will help to ensure her future success.
“Bilyana’s fair play is an example to her peers, she has always competed with a high self-discipline and is a leader on court against all opposition,” Parr added.
Bilyana’s fair play is an example to her peers, she has always competed with a high self-discipline and is a leader on court against all opposition.IAS netball head coach Marji Parr