Like more than a million counterparts around Australia, six-year-old twins Paige and Colbie Bryant love getting out on the courts at their local association every week.
The sisters, pictured above with Queensland Firebirds star Verity Simmons, have recently signed up for the ANZ NetSetGO program at the Metropolitan Districts Netball Association in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo, the start of their netball journey that could one day lead them to representing the Australian Diamonds.
“I like netball because it is fun and I get to play with my friends and I like practicing and shooting and bouncing,” Paige said.
Colbie said: “I like it because you get to practice and play and mummy said next year we might make the team.”
Mum, Victoria Carthew was an avid netballer in her younger years and is a well-known sports broadcaster. She said the ANZ NetSetGO program is a great way to get her daughters involved in a sport she loves and the twins have lots of little mates playing.
“I think it is a really nice way to introduce them to the sport with their friends without that commitment of a team and teach them some skills,” Carthew said.
“Plus it is a nice way to get moving on a Saturday morning.”
Carthew said the twins love watching the older girls play netball while they are at ANZ NetSetGO.
“They love NetSetGO and really enjoy it and love it when netball is on and keep saying to me, `I wonder what the big girls are doing’,” Carthew said.
The twins are looking forward to being part of tomorrow’s inaugural National Netball Day, which will recognise and celebrate the sport’s role in encouraging participation and a healthy lifestyle in communities right across Australia.
National Netball Day is supported by Netball Australia’s major partner ANZ, which via the Netball Nation initiative will be awarding cash and equipment prizes throughout the day to participants who capture their celebrations and share them online using #nationalnetballday.
Netball Australia and ANZ Championship teams will also join the celebrations, with current ANZ Championship players taking part in activities on the day and visiting netball clubs to meet the next generation of netballers.
In Perth, around 4000 athletes representing more than 250 teams will take part in the Smarter Than Smoking Association Championships and, as part of National Netball Day, every team will go into a draw to win an equipment pack and a $1000 pre-paid Visa gift card.
Australian captain and Queensland Firebirds skipper Laura Geitz said grassroots netball is the lifeblood of the sport.
“These are our future Diamonds and it’s so wonderful to drive down to your local netball association on a Saturday and see how many girls are gracing the courts,” Geitz said.
“National Netball Day is such an exciting opportunity for clubs and the communities involved in netball to just appreciate what it’s done for us.”
Further information on National Netball Day can be found at www.netballnation.com.au or at facebook/netballnation, or on Twitter and Instgram by following @NetballNation.