ANZ NetSetGO! participants from the Gundagai Netball Club were given a unique opportunity to meet their netball idols, the Australian Diamonds, at the recent international test match in Wollongong on Wednesday 16 October.
Randomly selected from applications received by Netball NSW, the Gundagai Netball Club – which sits under the Tumut Netball Association in the Riverina region – drove four hours ONE WAY to be a part of the action at the Diamonds v Malawi Queens test match at WIN Entertainment Centre.
Aged from 5 to 10 years old, the budding future Diamonds were part of the pre-game formalities including walking out with both teams as well as joining in the national anthems. Watching on from their front row seats in the stands, the participants also had fun down on court at half-time with a display of the ANZ NetSetGO! skills they have learned throughout the season.
Gundagai ANZ NetSetGO! coordinator Carmel Lemon said the whole event was a wonderful experience for the children, as well as the parents.
“It was seriously the best thing they have done; the girls have had smiles from ear to ear for days and even the parents haven’t stopped talking about it. It was a wonderful experience and we just feel so lucky and thankful to be a part of it,” Lemon said.
“The girls were buzzing, and so was I! It was great to meet the Diamonds players; they were so gracious with their time and so lovely to the girls, even dancing with them or skipping onto the court together.”
“I’m so grateful to Netball Australia and Netball NSW for providing us with this opportunity. It’s something that the girls and their families will never forget and coming from a small town, it’s also helped build our profile in Gundagai. It’s just been amazing,” Lemon concluded.
ANZ NetSetGO! is Netball Australia’s introductory program for netball. It has been developed to provide children from the age of 5 to 10 years with the best possible introduction to netball, ensuring enjoyment and continued participation within the sport.
ANZ NetSetGO! incorporates skill activities, minor games and modified matches in a fun and safe environment. The weekly program is coordinated by accredited coaches to ensure a quality experience for all participants.
The ANZ NetSetGO! program is available for Clubs, Associations and Schools – for more information visit the ANZ NetSetGO! website or contact Amy Quirk, Junior Development Coordinator, on 02 9951 5000 or email [email protected].