A group of high achieving students from the Shooting Stars program were treated to a money can’t buy experience over the weekend, living out the dream of thousands of aspiring netballers across Western Australia.
Participants from Halls Creek, Meekatharra, Carnarvon and Derby spent four days in Perth, culminating in a trip to Perth Arena on Saturday afternoon to witness West Coast Fever’s emphatic 23 goal victory over the Central Pulse.
As part of the pre-game Indigenous Round celebrations the students were introduced on court to the crowd of almost 7,000, receiving a rousing welcome to Perth’s premier indoor venue.
This came after their exclusive invitation to the Captain’s Run training session on Friday, and a behind the scenes tour of Fever’s training facilities at the State Netball Centre in Jolimont with Players Ash Brazill, Verity Simmons and Erena Mikaere.
The trip to Perth also provided an opportunity for the students to explore their options for life post school, taking invaluable tours of both the Chandler Macleod offices and The University of Western Australia.
Netball WA’s General Manager of Indigenous Programs, Fran Haintz, said the trip was an experience the students will cherish for some time.
“It was an incredible opportunity for these young women,” Haintz said.
“To be so wholeheartedly embraced and acknowledged by the crowd before the game, and then to sit courtside for such a big win by Fever was a day they won’t forget anytime soon.”
“The tours of Chandler Macleod and The University of Western Australia also provided a potential window into their future, displaying some genuine options for these students if they continue to work hard.”
Shooting Stars is an initiative of Netball WA and the Glass Jar Australia Foundation aimed at encouraging greater engagement and attendance at school of young aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
The program currently engages more than 200 students across five separate sites; Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon, Meekatharra and Wiluna.
You can support Shooting Stars by making a tax deductible donation before June 30 at https://asf.org.au/organisation/netball-wa-inc/
Shooting Stars is proudly supported by the Australian Government.