Youngsters have a ball at Liz Ellis clinic
Australian netball legend Liz Ellis shared more than 18 years of netball experience with young players in a three-day clinic at the Karratha Leisureplex during the school holidays.
Ellis’ career highlights include three world championships, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and four national Premierships, as well as being named Australia’s most valuable player on four occasions.
Since her retirement in 2007, Ellis has turned her passion to coaching.
Ellis said she was passionate about inspiring young girls to “love the game”.
“When the kids see elite players are just normal people who have made it, I want them to realise there is no reason why they can’t achieve their dreams too,” she said.
“Even if kids don’t continue on to play at an elite level, the skills learned in netball they will take with them through the rest of their lives.
“Netball teaches you a lot about teamwork and is a great way to keep fit and make new friends.”
Ellis said she was rapt to return to the Karratha Leisureplex after attending its opening celebrations two years ago.
“To have a facility like this is just so good for the town,” she said.
“Each day the kids have been learning different skills — footwork and agility, ball skills, attacking moves, defence and shooting.
“There are some good skills in this group — it would be lovely to see one of them get through to the elite level one day.”
At the end of the clinic, every participant walked away with a photograph taken with Ellis and a signed netball.
Before leaving, Ellis also addressed local leaders in the community at a workshop on team-building, motivation, goal-setting and planning for success.
More than 30 local junior netballers took part in workshops with Australian netball champion Liz Ellis.