Fever star gives juniors training tips
■ 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.
Josie Janz-Dawson with the young netballers of Paraburdoo and Tom Price.