Netball: the game for all!

At Netball NSW we believe our game is the best of all, which is why we are committed to providing equal opportunities to players of all abilities, and excited to tell you about a recent carnival.

For the first time, Netball NSW in conjunction with Blue Mountains Netball Association held an All Abilities Carnival, last weekend on Sunday 20 July.

The Carnival was designed to specifically tailor a competition for People with a Disability (PWD), giving them an opportunity to get involved in netball, competing against similar-ability teams in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Forty players representing four teams participated in the inaugural All Abilities Carnival, the athletes coming from Baulkham Hills, Blue Mountains, Ku-ring-gai, and Manly-Warringah Netball Associations, as well as the 2014 Marie Little OAM Shield team.

Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie was very happy with this first-time event, saying the response and feedback has been incredibly positive.

“The Carnival was a really fun, great day, and the feedback I’ve received from all the teams and players involved has been fantastic – the spirit of the day was phenomenal,” Guthrie said.

“This event really does remind you of the power of sport, and how it provides opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be not only physically active, but socially engaged… and of course, to have fun!

“Hopefully this event has also exposed other players, Clubs and Associations to players with a disability and encourages them to incorporate (PWD) programs at an Association level,” Guthrie concluded.

For more information on how your Club, Association or school can get involved with PWD programs, please visit the Disability page of the Netball NSW website or contact Kristy Guthrie on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email [email protected].