The inaugural Mid West NAIDOC Netball Carnival was held at Geraldton Netball Association over the weekend, with 16 teams competing in the event.
Hosted by Netball WA, in conjunction with Shooting Stars, the Carnival followed the successes of the NAIDOC Netball Carnival in Perth earlier this year, as well as the North West NAIDOC Netball Carnival in Derby.
Shooting Stars were well represented at the Carnival, with four teams taking the court from Carnarvon, Meekatharra and Mullewa, as well as four students from Mt Magnet Districts High School also attending, through the support of the Shooting Stars program.
All four divisions were strongly contested, with Midwest taking out the 12U division, before Geraldton flexed their muscles winning the 14U and 16U competitions, while the Diamonds were victors in the Senior Division.
Netball WA General Manager of Community Netball Liz Booth said the carnival was a success.
“To have such a large number of teams show their support for this carnival in the inaugural year, demonstrates the strong relationship netball shares with the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities in Western Australia,” Booth said.
“We thoroughly look forward to returning next year for the second Mid West NAIDOC Netball Carnival, and I am confident it will continue to grow in stature.”
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars aims to use netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
The 2017 Mid West NAIDOC Netball Carnival was proudly supported by Healthway and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, as well as Shooting Stars partner Rio Tinto.
12U Division: Midwest
14U Division: Geraldton
16U Division: Geraldton
Senior Division: Diamonds