Netball NSW loves hearing about the terrific work being done in our community and, in turn, sharing that with all our members. Today we bring you the great work coming out of Ku-ring-gai Netball Association with increasing All Abilities participation.
For 13 years Ku-ring-gai Netball Association has held a mini-Saturday morning competition for All Abilities athletes to play modified netball games against one-another. Players come down to the courts at South Turramurra and are placed in teams, mate vs mate, with 22 registered participants in 2014.
After years of playing games at their local courts, the AllStars attended the Blue Mountains All Abilities Carnival in July this year, held in conjunction with Netball NSW, with Team Coordinator Trish Walker saying it was the first time the Ku-ring-gai athletes had come up against players outside of their own Association.
“Prior to the Blue Mountains Carnival, our players had never taken part in something like that before. They had a lot of fun, but also for us it was great to meet other Associations who were also really proactive in their All Abilitiesprogram.”
The meeting led to Ku-ring-gai hosting their own All Abilities Carnival on Sunday 12 October, with the Association inviting the other All Abilities teams they had met at the Blue Mountains – Manly Warringah Netball Association and St Paul’s Baulkham Hills.
“The day went really well. It was a little hot, but the players really enjoyed themselves which is the main thing,” Trish said.
Now that Ku-ring-gai has ticked off their first All Abilities Carnival, Trish says the Association has grand plans for the All Abilities program in the future.
“Between the three of us – Manly Warringah, Baulkham Hills and Ku-ring-gai – we are going to take turns hosting the All Abilities Carnival. We are going to aim for about one to two carnivals a season, but what I’d really love to see if more teams getting involved,” Trish said.
“Before the Blue Mountains we hadn’t heard of any other All Abilities teams, so I’m sure there are many more out there and we’d love to get them involved. It’d be great to grow the carnival and see more participants getting out there and having fun.”
Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie says it’s terrific seeing Associations take the front foot and show initiative in growing All Abilities participation.
“It’s awesome that Ku-ring-gai has had the initiative to organise this event on the back of their experience at the Blue Mountains,” Kristy said.
“It’s also really great to see their local community get involved – whether it be assisting in hosting the event, or providing funding for new uniforms. We are excited to watch this initiative grow and take shape over the coming years.”
After taking over the Team Coordinator role this season, Trish says she’s had a fantastic year being involved with the AllStars.
“The players and the parents – they’ve all been a joy and really responsive to our ideas, so I have to thank them as well as the coaches, Deb Frost and her daughters Stephanie and Erin, for their commitment,” Trish said.
“However a huge thank you to the entire Ku-ring-gai community, as well as the previous coordinator, Jane Reid, and coaches Due, Kerry and Ginny, who up until last year were the driving force behind this initiative. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are; now it’s our job to take the AllStars to the next level.”
For Clubs and Associations interested in attending the next All Abilities Carnival, or would like more information, please contact Trish Walker on 0418 406 737.