Net­ball goes mul­ti­cul­tural

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Rivervale -

RIVER­VALE hosted Net­ball WA’s first mul­ti­cul­tural car­ni­val last Thurs­day, with more than 100 girls rep­re­sent­ing 15 na­tion­al­i­ties.

The car­ni­val in­volved teams from six high schools com­pet­ing at the Bel­mont Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Year 4/5 cat­e­gory was won by the Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege Rock­ets and the run­ner-up was the In­ter­na­tional School of WA 1.

The sec­ond team for the In­ter­na­tional School of WA won the Year 6/7 level, with the Wan­neroo War­riors 4 run­ners-up.

The third team for the Wan­neroo War­riors won the Year 8/9 level, with John Tonkin Col­lege Jets run­ner­sup.

Wan­neroo War­riors won the up­per school level, with Mirrabooka 1 the run­ner up.

Cit­i­zen­ship and Mul­ti­cul­tural In­ter­ests Min­is­ter Mike Na­han sup­ported the car­ni­val.

“More than just a game, sport res­onates with peo­ple, bridg­ing bar­ri­ers and form­ing con­nec­tions in a way few other ac­tiv­i­ties can,” he said.

The State Gov­ern­ment gave $5000 to the car­ni­val and Net­ball WA hopes it will be­come an an­nual event.

West Coast Fever’s new re­cruit Erena Mikaere, from New Zealand, was a sur­prise guest at the car­ni­val.

An open twi­light com­pe­ti­tion for play­ers aged 15 years and over was held that evening.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege stu­dents Al­isha Khan (10), Sheila Diz­dar (10), Balk­isa Khalif (11) and Ze­rina Pa­sic (10) with One Net­ball am­bas­sador Numi Tu­paea.

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