Young­sters have a ball at Liz El­lis clinic

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Court­ney Fowler

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.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

More than 30 lo­cal ju­nior net­ballers took part in work­shops with Aus­tralian net­ball cham­pion Liz El­lis.

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