School’s shoot­ing stars get wish

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Shoot­ing for the stars just got eas­ier for net­ballers at Ti­tahi Bay School.

An ANZ netball grant, worth more than $1500, will re­place the school’s worn out gear and mis­shapen netball hoops.

New posts will be in­stalled in the Oc­to­ber school hol­i­days and balls and train­ing equip­ment have al­ready been re­ceived.

Prin­ci­pal Kerry Delaney said it was a real boost for the play­ers.

‘‘We’ve got four very suc­cess­ful netball teams this year and re­plac­ing the crooked netball hoops is go­ing to put them in a great po­si­tion to do even bet­ter,’’ she said.

Netball team cap­tain Aca­cia Edmonds, 10, said it was a big sur­prise to re­ceive the grant.

‘‘We are get­ting new hoops, new balls and nearly new ev­ery­thing. It helps our team,’’ she said.

ANZ Para­pa­raumu home loan spe­cial­ist Sue Har­ris said the bank launched the pro­gramme in 2012 to help Kiwi net­ballers achieve their goals.

‘‘ There are more than 200,000 netball play­ers around the coun­try and we know many of them strug­gle to get the most from the game due to a lack of uni­forms, gear or equip­ment. We want to help change that,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re re­ally ex­cited to be able to re­place the old hoops at Ti­tahi Bay School. They re­ceived an im­pres­sive num­ber of votes for their ap­pli­ca­tion which shows great com­mu­nity support for the school’s netball pro­gramme.’’

The grant is part of $100,000 of netball grants to help clubs, schools, so­cial teams and fans around the coun­try.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Aim high: Hay­ley Eden-Law, right, de­fends team cap­tain Aca­cia Edmonds.

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