Sports stars inspire players, coaches
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.”
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.