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THE WHITSUNDAY Netball Association ladies’ competition for 2023 will kick off on Wednesday, April 19, with games being hosted weekly throughout the season.

Netball is the largest participant sport for women in Queensland with over 75,000 registered members across the state.

In 1994, Whitsunday Netball Association became an official incorporation and, four years later, moved to its current location at the Whitsunday Sports Park, Jubilee Pocket.

Since then, the club has continued to grow, currently providing training and fixture competitions for Juniors, Senior Ladies and Senior Mixed, as well as hosting an Annual Net Set Go and Junior Carnival.

Club president Shannon Lorraway said that playing netball was a great way to make friends.

“Friends made on a netball court are friendships for life,” she said.

“While the sport can be competitive, it is also a safe place to enjoy making friends and staying fit. Netball offers the opportunity to develop your own skills, as well as a team.

“Netball is for everyone, boys and girls, young and old.”

Whitsunday Netball Association’s senior convenor Sherelle Shields said the sport promoted fitness as well as friendship.

“Whitsunday Netball Association promotes fitness, fun and friendship, while on the court it’s about providing competitions for all abilities and showing your skills,” she said.

“Off the court, we all enjoy catching up, having a laugh and building networks.”

The interest in a senior membership with the club is rapidly growing, with more teams in the social competition and more interest in attending senior carnivals.

Over the past couple of years, the Whitsunday Netball Association has successfully taken teams to North Queensland Games, Netfest and several sports carnivals.

The 2023 ladies’ competition will start in April and conclude in mid-September. Games are hosted weekly on a Wednesday night at 6.45pm and 7.45pm, at the Whitsunday Sports Park, Jubilee Pocket.

Whitsunday Netball Association secretary Marteaka Hoffmann is eager for any players aged 14 and over to sign up.

“Last year, we had 11 teams registered to the competition and are currently taking registrations for teams and new players looking for a team to join,” she said.

For more information, go to the Whitsunday Netball Association’s Facebook page to complete the sign-up form.

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