World netball chiefs pay visit down under


Key International Netball Federation officials have visited Netball HQ this week to discuss Netball Australia’s programs and initiatives and also get an update from the NWC2015 team on preparations for next year’s Netball World Cup in Sydney.

INF chief Clare Briegal and Media and Communications Lead Nikki Richardson spent time with key Netball Australia officials to learn about the development programs currently being undertaken and what potential there is for them to be implemented around the world to help in growing the game.

The Netball World Cup is the sport’s show piece and it’s less than 12 months until 16 countries converge on Sydney chasing the coveted title of world champion.

Briegal is excited by the prospect that the 2015 world titles will be ‘best ever’ in the event’s history.

“We’ve had two days in Sydney going through all the operational plans with the NWC team; we’re really comfortable with what’s going on and absolutely delighted with the ideas,” Briegal said.

“The events planned for the Netball World Cup next year to bring fans in touch with the players are marvelous opportunities that will reach into the hearts and minds of netball fans.

“I can’t wait to get back here in August.”

Netball has featured prominently in the news this week with INF President Molly Rhone and Netball World Cup 2015 CEO Marne Fechner addressing a media conference in Brisbane ahead of the G20 Leaders’ summit.

Rhone spoke about how netball plays a crucial role in empowering women and girls around the world.

Briegal said there are lots of ways the rest of the world could benefit from the programs being run by Netball Australia at home as well as internationally, and the INF is keen to explore which ones can be implemented in developing countries.

“We’ve been discussing that if netball continues having Australia, New Zealand and England really strong and the rest of the world not strong, that’s not going to grow the sport,” she said.

“If we can develop all countries together we will develop the sport. If we have countries who are ranked ninth or 10th in the world being more competitive, it becomes a much stronger and bigger game.

“Whether that’s a health benefit, such as tackling obesity, or a participation and community-type activity, netball can work in all different areas.”