Sports stars in­spire play­ers, coaches

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha was pos­i­tively brim­ming with sport­ing tal­ent last week­end when a Kar­ratha Netball As­so­ci­a­tion fundraiser drew State, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level ath­letes to town.

Olympic wa­ter polo player and World Iron­man ath­lete Belinda Brooks, New Zealand bas­ket­baller Aroha Haumaha and for­mer West Coast Ea­gles foot­baller An­drew Em­b­ley were just some of the guest ath­letes at Kar­ratha Netball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Sportsper­sons Night fundraiser on Fri­day where they spoke about their ca­reer progress and the highs and lows along the way.

Netball ANZ Cham­pi­onship com­men­ta­tor and for­mer in­ter­na­tional coach Sue Gau­dion, who was MC at the fundraiser, also worked with KNA coaches on Satur­day and ran clin­ics with ju­nior play­ers on Sun­day, while Em­b­ley trained school­child­ren on Fri­day.

Gau­dion said she was en­joy­ing her first Kar­ratha visit in the more than 10 years since her pre­vi­ous role as Netball WA North West de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, and had learnt a lot at the panel event her­self.

“What I was fas­ci­nated by was the amount of tal­ent that lives in the North West that we had on show. It was quite ex­tra­or­di­nary,” she said. “So for me it was ac­tu­ally a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing able to in­ter­view and chat with some very tal­ented ath­letes.

“I think in sport that’s one thing we should do a lot of more of — em­brac­ing learn­ing and ed­u­ca­tion from other sports.”

The KNA raised sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars from the Sportsper­sons Night and re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back.

KNA de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Shar­lene Jefferies said the week­end netball clin­ics with Gau­dion had been a boon for ev­ery­one.

“Hav­ing Sue come up, it trains coaches,” she said.

“To have them learn­ing things from such an elite coach, it’s bril­liant and it just gives them those ideas to fil­ter back into the clubs as well.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

For­mer in­ter­na­tional netball coach and ANZ Cham­pi­onship com­men­ta­tor Sue Gau­dion, front row sec­ond from left, with Kar­ratha Netball As­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cers and ju­nior play­ers at the Leisure­plex out­door courts.

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