Filming Netball Australia's Indigenous High Performance Camp / by Glenn Dixon

Photographs made by Narelle Spangher and used with permission from Netball Australia.

It's an honour to be working with Netball Australia to share stories of the Indigenous High Performance Camp on video. In early July, twenty-one athletes from across Australia gathered at the Australian Institute of Sport for the three day experience co-designed by my good friends at Conversant. I can't wait to share the video with you soon!

The filming days in Canberra were high energy, emotional, insightful, exhausting and utterly delightful. Speaking on camera with Lisa Alexander (Samsung Diamonds Head Coach), Caitlin Thwaites (Samsung Diamond) and Marcia Ella Duncan (Former Diamond) was particularly exhilarating for me. 

Following the first mornings court session, I overheard a conversation between coaches noting a particular players pre-existing injury which prevented her from participating on court. The coaches remarked on her initiative to make notes in her journal while she watched from the sideline. I'm disappointed I missed capturing that on video as it speaks volumes to the realities of the high performance environment. For me it was a reminder to step back from what I'm fixated on and notice what's happening on the peripheral. To be present to the small details that are less obvious yet reveal something about the big picture. In Bobette Buster's words “find the gleaming detail’.

"The gleaming detail is the one thing that captures both the emotion and idea of a story at once, in one fell swoop. A singular, elegant moment of clarity.” 

— Bobette Buster (Do Story).