Precinct helps players leap to new heights
PLAYERS of all ages are taking to the courts to leap, jump and bounce their way to new heights in the sporting world.
Mareeba Netball Association vice president Meredith Ford said the sport’s popularity has grown since the Bendigo Recreational Precinct officially opened in October.
“We’ve already started preseason training at the new facilities with the hope to take even more teams away to state events,” she said.
“We’re certainly looking to expand our women’s competition and after a successful fast five competition, with 10 teams in the mixed comp, we’re looking to run it again in January.
“Without the facilities that we’ve got, we wouldn’t be able to run the social comps.”
Ford said netball has become popular with both men and women and across all ages.
“Recently netball has taken on a much higher profile in the media,” Ford said.
“We have wonderful players as role models and that’s quite exceptional to have for the young girls and women.
“Being part of a team is great for developing social skills and we also have a lot of fun, of course.
“There is also the opportunity to develop players who want to go on and be a part of representative teams.”
The Mareeba Netball Association’s junior competition sign on will be in February. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE ‘MAREEBA NETBALL ASSOCIATION’ FACEBOOK PAGE.
Mareeba Gladiators secretary Barb Henning says the club is driven by pure passion for the sport.