Netball NSW hosted the second-ever NSW Indigenous Talent Camp over the weekend, building on the good work of the inaugural camp which took place last year.
Held at Netball Central in Sydney Olympic Park, the camp featured athletes between the age of 12-14 who had been selected after the Netball NSW Koori Gala Days and the NSW Office of Sport’s Koori Netball Tournament in Charlestown.
“We had athletes, coaches and umpires from all around regional and remote NSW”, Regional Development and Pathways Unit Manager Mardi Aplin said.
“And we were very lucky to have the only two Indigenous Women to have ever played for the Diamonds – Marcia Ella Duncan-OAM and Sharon Finnan-White OAM – attending and giving their guidance and support”
Finnan-White also worked with other Netball NSW leaders including ex-Firebird and Team Bath Super League player Beryl Friday, Courtney Jones (designer of the Swifts’ 2019 Indigenous Dress) and Krystal Dallinger (designer of the Giants’ 2019 Indigenous dress) and helped them in their own journey to be leaders within the sport.
Dianna Friday, mother of Beryl Friday, was also in attendance to spoke to parents about supporting their daughters through the Netball NSW pathway.
“The talent displayed was outstanding and we are looking forward to seeing them grow throughout 2020 and take the next step within the Regional Academy of Sport program,” Aplin added.