No lim­its on net­ballers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place - By DENISE S. CAHILL

NEXT term, th­ese mem­bers of the Netball WA No Lim­its pro­gram will be play­ing in a round robin com­pe­ti­tion.

Most of the play­ers have been part of the pro­gram, which is de­signed for teenagers with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, since last year and have de­vel­oped the skills to take part in reg­u­lar games.

One Netball co-or­di­na­tor Caitlin Farano said the girls had shown a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in their skills since start­ing the pro­gram.

“In term three we’ll have a round robin com­pe­ti­tion so they can de­velop the skills to play ev­ery week,” Farano said.

“So­cially the girls are en­gag­ing a lot more and are in­volved with each other out­side of the pro­gram now.”

Mercedes Col­lege stu­dent Mia Devilee started the pro­gram last year.

The as­pir­ing goal shooter from Yokine said she en­joyed netball be­cause she got to play as a team.

No Lim­its was launched in Rock­ing­ham in 2014 and was ex­panded to the State Netball Cen­tre last year.

West Coast Fever play­ers Shae Brown and April Bran­d­ley cham­pion the pro­gram and host sev­eral of the coach­ing ses­sions.

“Hav­ing the play­ers here makes a huge dif­fer­ence,” Farano said.

“They get so awe-struck when the girls come down.

“Mitch Brown comes down too… it’s so nice to have peo­ple take time out of their schedule for the girls.”

The aim of the pro­gram is to link par­tic­i­pants with a netball club or team so they can play reg­u­larly.

This year there will be a No Lim­its di­vi­sion at the As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onships, where play­ers could be se­lected to rep­re­sent WA at the Marie Lit­tle Shield, a na­tional tour­na­ment for play­ers with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d454011

One Netball co-or­di­na­tor Caitlin Farano with Mia Devilee and other chil­dren tak­ing part in the In­clu­sion Pro­gram.

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