Rising talents like West Australian teenager Rose Aryang is one of the reasons why Netball Australia’s new Netball Foundation has been established.
Aryang moved to Australia with her family from the African country of Ethiopia when she was just one year old and settled in the small town of Midland, half an hour north-east of Perth.
She didn’t start playing netball until she was around 11 years old, but was encouraged by teachers to take up the game because of her height.
“They first noticed how tall I was, and then they kept coming back to see me, and my teachers thought it would be a good idea. I was originally a GD (goal defence) but then I moved to shooter after they saw how tall I was,” Aryang said.
Aryang said netball has been a great help integrating into Australian society, given her confidence on and off the court, learnt about the importance of being fit and healthy and having fun.
“It’s been a huge part of helping me meet other girls and I’ve really enjoyed playing,” Aryang said.
“The championships is harder than I thought but every team is really friendly and it’s sort of like a big family,” Aryang said.
Netball Australia has recently launched the Confident Girls fundraising campaign and is aiming to raise $100,000 to help disadvantaged girls participate in netball.
The Australian Diamonds have already contributed $2000 to the campaign, which will run until National Netball Day on Saturday 25 July.
For more information, visit the Confident Girls website.
The Netball Foundation run in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation, launched in March, was established to ensure netball remains the leading participation sport for women and girls through opportunities on and off the court while continuing to develop world class role models.