NSW State Teams - Marie Little Shield: Women aged 16 and older with an intellectual disability
Vision: Athletes will be supported on and off the court to strive toward individual skill development and building team cohesion at the Marie Little Shield National Tournament and beyond.
Enjoy the Challenge
Every year Netball NSW selects a team to represent the state at the Marie Little Shield National Tournament. Netball NSW has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years and have been crowned the champions in four of the last five Marie Little Shield tournaments.
From May to June, Netball NSW selects a representative team and training partners to train fortnightly to develop individual skills and team building. Specialised coaches and support staff are also selected to support on and off the court and maximise the experience of each athlete.
A focus of the Marie Little Shield program is to provide women with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to represent their state at a national tournament. The program promotes skill development on court, personal growth off court and teamwork in match play. Above all, athletes are encouraged to enjoy the challenge.
2021 Marie Little Shield Tournament
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netball Australia made the difficult decision to cancel the Marie Little Shield last year. Netball NSW will be focused on coming back even stronger for the tournament in 2021.
The dates and location for the 2021 tournament are yet to be announced by Netball Australia but will be updated here once confirmed.
2021 Player Nominations Now Open
To be eligible to trial for the Marie Little Shield squad, players must meet the National Eligibility criteria as defined by Sport Inclusion Australia and provide their Sport Inclusion Australia number. More information about the criteria can be found on Sport Inclusion Australia’s website here. Players intending to trial must also be a registered member of Netball NSW through their Club and/or Association.
In order to trial for the Marie Little Shield squad, please complete the "Player Nomination" form here.
Trials will take place at Hills District Netball Association – indoor court on:
- Sunday 30th May at 11am-1pm
- Sunday 6th June at 11am-1pm
Please note that all trials and training sessions will be held at Hills District Netball Association – indoor court – located at the Netball Complex in Pennant Hills Park, Britannia Street, Pennant Hills 2120.
Additional training dates and times will be made available once confirmed.
Player Nominations close Sunday 23rd May, 2021.
For more information about the Marie Little Shield, please contact Keana Raymond, Participation Coordinator - Community at firstname.lastname@example.org