Netball Australia has taken another step forward in its commitment to deliver positive results in the Pacific, announcing a new three-year agreement under the Australian government’s PacificAus Sports program.
In partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Netball Australia will support course development for athletes from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
The PacificAus Sports program also aims to create pathways for emerging Pacific athletes to benefit from high performance training and training, leadership development and educational opportunities. Pacific athletes will also have the opportunity to participate in top level Australian competitions.
Key activities over the three-year period will be helping Pacific teams qualify and prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
Netball Australia will also help the next generation of talent in the Pacific with an Athlete Immersion Program, which will see athletes travel from Fiji and Samoa and join the Northern Mendi Rays team in North Queensland.
Athletes will compete in the Queensland National League Netball competition, the HART Sapphire Series, and live in Townsville throughout the season and be immersed in a semi-professional environment.
Excited to contribute to the development of netball in the Pacific, Netball Australia Acting Managing Director Ron Steiner said: communities and giving girls and women opportunities to shine.
“The PacificAus Sports program will have a significant impact on supporting netball performance results in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea as they begin to look to the Commonwealth Games and the Cup. of the netball world.
“The program builds on Netball Australia’s continued engagement in the Pacific region, where we have been working for 10 years as part of the Australian Government-funded Pacific Sports Partnership Programs and the new Team Up initiative. This includes working with communities at the local level to tackle physical inactivity, as well as the inequalities experienced by women and girls. “
Federal Minister for International and Pacific Development Zed Seselja said he was eager to see Pacific athletes take on Australian and international teams on the field with the support of this program, commenting “this is another great example of PacificAus Sports forging closer ties with our Pacific Family.
“We know the Pacific is teeming with female athletic talent, especially when it comes to netball, which is almost exclusively played by women and girls. By investing in netball, Australia unleashes the great potential of the region’s women and girls and helps them take their place as Pacific sport champions.
Support from Netball Australia will also include increasing training capacity in the Pacific by visiting each country, once it is secure, and hosting coach education style courses.
Given the current challenges facing the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, Netball Australia will work with the Australian government on alternative activities and creative ways to be able to provide support remotely if needed.
Learn more about the PacificAus Sports program here.
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