Marie Little Shield

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.

2023 Player Nominations

Player Nominations closed Thursday 22nd June 2023.

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 prior to the trials.

2023 Trial Dates

Trials will take place at Hills District Netball Association - indoor court on:

  • Sunday 18th June: 11am-1pm
  • Sunday 25th June: 11am-1pm

Please note: 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 St, Pennant Hills 2120.



For more information about the Marie Little Shield, please contact Achol Juk, Inclusion Lead at or Jenny Moroney, Growth & Innovation Manager at