Precinct helps play­ers leap to new heights

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

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.

Pic­ture: Kather­ine Kokko­nen

Mareeba Gla­di­a­tors sec­re­tary Barb Hen­ning says the club is driven by pure pas­sion for the sport.

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