UC Capitals recruit young gun Jayda Clark

May 24, 2023 | UC Capitals news

Jayda Clark will tip off her professional career with the UC Capitals, signing on with the club for the 2023/24 Cygnett WNBL season.

The FIBA Under-16 Women’s Asian Championship winning player referenced the Caps culture, fan base, and coaching staff behind her decision to join the team.

“I’m super excited and honoured to be joining the Capitals! I’ve heard great things about the culture within the club as well as their amazing fan base, and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” the 17-year-old said.

“I’m extremely grateful to play under Vealy again and for the opportunity the UC Caps have given me to begin my professional career.”

The shooting guard has been an AIS Centre of Excellence (CoE) scholarship holder since 2021, this NBL1 East season averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

In April, she was also fortunate enough to be involved in the Opals camp held in Canberra, proving to herself and coaches around the league that she is a talented youngster, with the potential to be Opal in the future.

“Jayda is a wonderful prospect and definitely WNBL ready,” UC Capitals head coach Kristen Veal said.

“Her decision to stay in Australia and grow her game against, and with, elite senior women, is an exciting one.

“I am genuinely thrilled to have Jayda sign and join the Caps roster – her intensity, toughness and work ethic will 100% contribute to, and complement our group.”

The Warwick Senators junior is the 7th signing for the UC Capitals, joining Tahlia Tupaea, Alex Bunton, Jade Melbourne, Bec Pizzey, Nicole Munger and Gemma Potter.

“I look forward to continuing to call Canberra my home and getting to work alongside a talented group of players and coaching staff,” Jayda said.