Hi again NWC2015 Fans!
Well again hundreds of kilometres have been travelled by myself and the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour team since my last entry, with visits to another two Australian states, as well as our first Territory!
As I mentioned last time I wrote, we said goodbye to Adelaide and were headed west, to the beautiful city of Perth.
For our first stop in the west, we stopped in to say g’day to the folks at the Southern Districts Netball Association, where Australian Diamonds’ shooter, Caitlin Bassett, began her illustrious netball career! Great to see a few potential C.Bass’s in the making out there on the courts!
The following day we dropped in on the students of Carey Baptist College, Victoria Park and Kensington Primary Schools’ as they took to the court as a part of Netball WA’s West Coast Fever Cup program. However they did have some time out to make sure they secured plenty of photos with the Trophy…oh, and me of course!
In between taking in the sights of Western Australia’s sunny capital – which included some stunning views from Cottesloe Beach and Kings Park – we were invited to Perth Arena, to watch the West Coast Fever clash with the NSW Swifts in the final regular season round match for the 2015 ANZ Championship. As well as meeting many keen Fever fans, we were lucky enough to attend the Opening Ceremony of Netball WA’s ‘Smarter Than Smoking’ Association Championships, where I was able to get my photo taken with Association representatives from across the ENTIRE state of Western Australia!
There was no rest for the Fever girls during the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour to Perth – the day after the match at Perth Arena, they were back at it, running a netball clinic for some of Perth’s budding junior netballers – really impressive! As well as seeing the Netball World Cup, the clinic’s participants loved hearing Caitlin Bassett’s stories from when she attended her first World Cup (and won!) in Singapore in 2011.
We then headed to the Netball WA’s ‘Smarter Than Smoking’ Association Champs event, to watch all the Associations we met at the Opening Ceremony - out on the court in action! Perth turned on some beautiful sunshine for the event, and we had a great time hanging out at the Community Tent.
We said a sad goodbye to our friends in the west and headed north to Australia’s Top End, the Northern Territory.
For our first stop, the Palmerston Netball Association greeted us with smiles and sunshine, as we stopped by to say hi while the Under 13s, Under 15s and Opens played their round eight matches.
The next day we travelled south to the remote community of Timber Creek, to stop in at the ‘West is Best’ Sports Camp. This fantastic program is for Indigenous students from Timber Creek, Bulla, Amanbidji and Yarralin, where they camp at the Timber Creek School for three days, and are introduced to a variety of sports including cricket, AFL, and of course…my favourite - netball!
Our next visit was at the Katherine School of the Air. This was another unique visit for the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour team, where students living in remote locations in the Northern Territory and beyond, had the chance to see the World Cup Trophy via their unique online learning system. It was so great to be able to virtually visit these students who were spread out all across the outback!
Our final visit in Katherine, was with the Katherine Netball Association, where teams travel for several hours every week just to have a hit out on the netty court! It was wonderful to see the commitment of the clubs and schools, teachers and coaches, ensuring their players and students have the opportunity to play netball on the courts every week.
The next day it was back to Darwin, but not before I had an encounter with a 3.5 metre crocodile named Nifty on the Adelaide River Jumping Croc Cruise! Apparently crocs are drawn to bright colours…this was the one occasion I wish I didn’t have such colourful hair and hands!
We then popped in to check on proceedings at the Darwin Netball Association. I loved meeting some of the girls from the Territory Storm, who are gearing up for this year’s ANL season, as well as many young budding netballers who were keen to have their photo taken with myself and the Trophy.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Netball NT for making our outback adventure such a memorable one – hoping to see many of your in Sydney this August for a catch up!
We hot-footed it back to New South Wales, as the 2015 Netball NSW State Championships at Illawarra Netball Association were under way across the June Long Weekend. With 131 teams from 74 Associations across the state competing, it was fantastic to not only share the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour, but so many teams gave me the chance to join their team – I participated in warm-ups, cool-downs, team huddles, team talks, rest periods at Tent City and even learnt a few special handshakes…thank you for letting me join your team for the day!
Well that’s a wrap from me for now, but don’t worry the entire #NWC2015 #TrophyTour team will be back out on the road again soon - so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!
And if you’ve caught up with the #NWC2015 #TrophyTour on the road, we invite you to share your pics with us! You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us in them on Twitter or Instagram.
Until next time,
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