Netball shines at first ever Australian and New Zealand Kids’ Choice Sports Awards

Two Suncorp Super Netballers have taken out honours at Australia and New Zealand’s first ever Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

GIANTS Netball’s Jamie-Lee Price was named ‘Next Big Thing’, with Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Laura Langman awarded the ‘Hands of Gold.’

Jamie-Lee Price is an agile midcourter who spent most of her junior netball playing in New Zealand. In 2017, she made the move across the ditch to progress her career in Australia’s domestic competition, Suncorp Super Netball with GIANTS Netball, runners up in the inaugural Grand Final.

In her first year playing in the national league on Australian soil, Jamie-Lee also represented Australia at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana where she was named Player of the Tournament.

The Next Big Thing nominees are superstars of the future, on the rise; this award could be all it takes to rocket them from the field into folklore.

Laura Langman was instrumental in the club’s premiership-winning debut season. A veteran of 141 consecutive Test matches, Langman represented New Zealand from 2005-2016 but was ineligible for selection this year while playing in Australia. She will step away from netball in 2018.

The Hands of Gold nominees are palm-ministers, born with fingers of fury. They drop nothing, they stop everything – their limbs are legendary!

After six weeks of voting, Nickelodeon unveiled kids’ favourite athletes when the one-hour special premiered on Nickelodeon and FOX SPORTS 503 tonight. Male and female athletes from a variety of sports took out the top honours in this slime-filled celebration of sports stars.

Fans that missed the TV special can catch up and watch Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Sports 2017 for free by downloading the Nick Play app, available on iOS and Android.

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