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