Port Stephens Netball Association is preparing itself for two wonderful days of action as it hosts the 2016 Nations of Origin netball tournament on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 July.
Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which culminates during NAIDOC week annually. Netball, alongside Rugby League Sevens and Football Fives, is one of the sports being played at this year’s event.
Held over the past three years, Nations of Origin is the largest Aboriginal youth sporting event in NSW with more than 3,500 participants taking part since the inception of the program. All competitions are conducted in conjunction sporting bodies, ensuring athletes have development pathways in their chosen sport.
“We are delighted to support this wonderful event which has grown and grown over the past few years and will feature netball for the first time in 2016,” Sonia Gouveia, Community Engagement Manger at Netball NSW said.
“Netball is a sport for everyone and inclusive platforms such as this are the ideal place for us to showcase our sport.”
The event has four main components: Reconciliation, Education, Cultural identity and Sport, and is aimed at increasing school retention with all participants required to have an 80 per cent school attendance to to participate.
From a netball point of view, nine teams of 14U girls – from six Nations – will take part in 41 games over the two days, which will be overseen by 14 umpires which have been sourced by local Associations.
Every Aboriginal player must identify with, and have connection to, the Nation for which they are competing – something which is decided by the local Aboriginal community by how they demonstrate their connection the nation.
Meanwhile each team must consist of seven Aboriginal players and three of non-Aboriginal descent and each nation’s representative team will be endorsed by their local Aboriginal nation community.
Visit the Nations of Origin website for more details.