Williams catches eye at Naidoc carnival
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.