Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Athlete Education Morning

On Saturday 21 October, Netball ACT welcomed 20 Indigenous young women and their families to participate in an Athlete Education Morning, which was held at the SolarHub ACT Netball Centre.  

Participants were extremely grateful to begin their morning with a talk by Melina Saunders, who outlined her experiences as a young Aboriginal woman travelling through the netball high performance pathway. Melina’s mother Margaret Saunders , who provided support to parents as she shared stories of the juggle trying to raise nine children who all loved and excelled in a number of sports.

The on court sessions were led by Netball ACT Academy coaches including Sharyn Hill, Kim Symons, Alex Kellar and Jo Pivac. The participants were extremely grateful for the coaches offering their time and knowledge to better their netball skills.

One Netball Ambassador Sepi Hawke, engaged with the girls over the important role goal setting plays in at athlete’s journey both on and off the netball court. Sepi discussed how setting goals was pivotal in her journey from Queanbeyan junior to Samoan representative at the World Cup.  The older girls attending were lucky enough to have a Bliss Ball recipe demonstration from Sepi, before going on to make their own.

This event was put on in preparation for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Tournament which will be held Saturday 4 November at Tuggeranong Netball Courts. There is plenty of action happening all day, with the day starting off with the opening and welcome to country ceremony. For more information on the tournament CLICK HERE.