Wil­liams catches eye at Naidoc car­ni­val

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway -

SOUTH Perth net­baller Ne­saya Wil­liams has been se­lected to play in the Naidoc All Star team.

The en­thu­si­as­tic lo­cal net­ball star was just one of hun­dreds of In­dige­nous girls to take part in the largest in­dige­nous net­ball cel­e­bra­tion in the coun­try on Wed­nes­day, July 9.

Wem­b­ley Sta­dium was the scene of the 11th an­nual Na­tional Abo­rig­ines and Is­lan­ders Day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee (Naidoc) net­ball car­ni­val.

The event is a high­light on the Net­ball WA cal­en­dar, which has grown from strength to strength since its in­cep­tion.

Liz Booth, Net­ball WA’s gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­nity, says there has been a huge in­crease in the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants ev­ery year.

“This is a much loved event that’s about par­tic­i­pa­tion, cel­e­brat­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders in the com­mu­nity and in cre­at­ing a fun, fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment,” Liz Booth said.

“Ini­tia­tives like this, ac­com­pa­nied with Net­ball WA’s In­dige­nous Grass Roots net­ball pro­gram, are cru­cial to the de­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia’s In­dige­nous net­ball play­ers and are part of Net­ball WA’s over­all In­dige­nous strat­egy.

“We know net­ball is one of the top sports of choice for In­dige­nous girls, so we must con­tinue to work to­gether to cre­ate and sus­tain op­por­tu­ni­ties for these girls to flour­ish in fair, safe and in­clu­sive net­ball en­vi­ron­ments,” she said.

The play­ers hailed from all over Perth and re­gional WA and at the con­clu­sion of the event the Naidoc All-Star team was se­lected.

“The Naidoc All-Star team is a great ini­tia­tive to get girls on the Net­ball WA path­way, many of whom have never tri­alled at State level,” Liz Booth said.

The All Star team, aged from 13-17, have been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in de­vel­op­ment pro­grams such as the De­velop a Diamond Academy.

South Perth net­baller Ne­saya Wil­liams is an All Star.

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