Fever star gives ju­niors train­ing tips

Pilbara News - - Sport - Peter de Krui­jff

■ A group of 30 young Parabur­doo and Tom Price net­ballers had the rare chance of train­ing with West Coast Fever player Josie Janz-Daw­son last month.

The Parabur­doo Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion won a grant for new uni­forms as well as the visit from the Aus­tralia Post One Net­ball Com­mu­nity Awards.

As a Derby girl, Janz-Daw­son comes from a sim­i­lar back­ground to the Pil­bara young­sters she trained, although they had much cleaner shoes than she re­mem­bered wear­ing.

“I grew up in a town like this,” she said. “These kids have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties that I did which is very lim­ited … I didn’t have enough kids to play ju­nior net­ball un­til we were 13.

“For me it’s a one-off visit but I just feel more so in­clined to keep telling them my story; stick to a sport, and go to North West champs.”

Although she en­cour­aged the net­ballers to fol­low their sport­ing dream she said not to put too much em­pha­sis on it.

She said these days in pro­fes­sional sport it was good to have fin­ished Year 12 and have a bal­anced life out­side of sport.

Parabur­doo Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Joanne Cun­ning­ham said the visit was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and all the ju­niors loved it.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said while there had been other top net­ball coaches who had vis­ited the re­gion they’d never had an elite player like Janz-Daw­son.

“The kids re­ally en­joyed it,” she said. “My two chil­dren were in­volved and both came home and didn’t stop talk­ing about it.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion will hope­fully have their new uni­forms soon for their next sea­son.

The ju­niors were given the chance to de­sign their own uni­form and vote to de­ter­mine the most pop­u­lar de­sign. The win­ner was a black uni­form with large white and yel­low ici­cle shapes, that look like sun­shine, on the trim.

Pic­ture: Aus­tralia Post

Josie Janz-Daw­son with the young net­ballers of Parabur­doo and Tom Price.

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