TNA prepare for a big weekend

Second ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Tournament to be held on Saturday at Deakin

More than 25 teams will be playing in the second ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Tournament, held in Canberra on Saturday 29 October.

Teams have come from regional Victoria, NSW and the ACT to play in the women’s, mixed and junior division competitions at the Deakin Netball Centre.

The event has been organised by the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Committee in collaboration with the Tuggeranong Netball Association.

It builds on last year’s inaugural tournament, attended by more than 1300 people who watched 300 netball players in action.

A spokeswoman for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Committee, Deanne Booth, said “encouraging participation in netball for our women and girls will one day lead to one of our girls representing their families and communities as an Australian Diamond”.

“And more broadly, this tournament strongly supports maintaining an active healthy lifestyle for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders though playing netball”.

Beginning at 8.30am on Saturday 29 October, the tournament will also feature the presentation by Netball Australia of Australia Post’s national ONE NETBALL Award to the Tuggeranong Netball Association for its work in promoting inclusion of Indigenous athletes and families in the Tuggeranong valley.

ONE NETBALL ambassadors Beryl Friday, who played for the Queensland Firebirds in the ANZ TransTasman League, and Sepi Hawke, former captain of the Canberra Darters, will also be attending the tournament.

The president of the Tuggeranong Netball Association, Jonathan Toze, said the Tuggeranong netball community was delighted to again partner with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Committee to host the tournament.

“This tournament is a wonderful tribute to the vision and energy of a hardworking group of people from our Indigenous families involved in netball across our region,’ he said. ‘Seeing the joy, passion and commitment of these players and their families is uplifting,” Mr Toze said.