Net­ball pro­gramme helps de­liver dreams

Clutha Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY-JO TOHILL

Are you fe­male, net­ball mad and can dream big?

The ANZ bank’s Dream De­liv­ery pro­gramme aimed at young netballers is de­signed to achieve sport­ing goals.

The pro­gramme co­in­cides with the launch of the ANZ Premier­ship, New Zealand’s new elite do­mes­tic net­ball com­pe­ti­tion this win­ter.

Dream De­liv­ery is open to all Clutha play­ers, whether it’s for new high per­for­mance gear to pro­pel per­for­mance, train­ing and tips by some of the best in the sport or in­spi­ra­tional vis­its from their net­ball heroes.

The idea is to in­spire play­ers from ev­ery gen­er­a­tion to go fur­ther and help en­sure lo­cals have great ac­cess to team sports.

A young Tokanui net­baller, Olivia Big­gar, 10, did just that in April, when she found her­self at the heart of the ac­tion at an ANZ Premier­ship match at In­ver­cargill. The Tokanui School pupil got to stand side by side with South­ern Steel cap­tain Wendy Frew and Mys­tics cap­tain Anna Har­ri­son in front of a sta­dium of fans.

Olivia, along with In­ver­cargill net­baller Katie Wal­lace, 11, won the op­por­tu­nity to meet the team cap­tains and high five each of the play­ers as they were called onto cen­tre court at the start of the match, through the ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tains com­pe­ti­tion.

Olivia said she was re­ally ner­vous be­fore the game but ex­cited to meet her heroes and watch them play.

‘‘My favourite part was be­ing able to high five all of the net­ball peo­ple and it was pretty cool meet­ing the cap­tains.

‘‘I thought the Steel were re­ally good at get­ting goals in.’’

ANZ spon­sor­ship head Su­san McGre­gor said the pro­gramme was all about giving 94 New Zealand chil­dren the chance to meet their sport­ing heroes at each of the ANZ Premier­ship matches this sea­son.

‘‘We’re very pleased we’re able to of­fer this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to young Ki­wis and hope that by of­fer­ing them the chance to stand on cen­tre court with their heroes it will help in­spire them to achieve their dreams.’’

McGre­gor said the pro­gramme sup­ported net­ball from from grass­roots right up to the Sil­ver Ferns.

‘‘We know some­times all you need is just that lit­tle bit of ex­tra help to achieve your dreams, so we are com­mit­ted to help­ing as many net­ball fans as we can.’’

Dream De­liv­ery pro­gramme ap­pli­ca­tions can be lodged un­til Oc­to­ber. Go on­line at www.anz.co.nz/dreambig

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Olivia Big­gar of Tokanui (sec­ond from left) got the chance to meet her net­ball heroes.

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