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NETBALL SAMOA takes Centre Circle as World Cup and Pacific Games Nears
Netball Samoa’s 2019 World Cup and Pacific Games teams will take to the court at the Multisport Stadium Faleta Sports Complex, tomorrow evening [28 June 2019] as they enter the final stages of competition preparation.
Formalities for the free event will commence at 6pm, and will include a keynote address from the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister and a patron of Netball Samoa, and a presentation of the national uniforms.
The whistle will blow at 7pm, marking the start of a match that comes just nine days out from the Pacific Games and two weeks from the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, United Kingdom from 12-21 July.
The match forms part of a package of support for Netball Samoa’s Netball World Cup journey through the Australia Pacific Sports Linkages Program.
Support included elite-level training from Netball Australia, which brought Samoa’s World Cup squad from Australia, New Zealand and Samoa to Sydney for two training camps in April and May.
Netball Samoa Coach Frances Solia said the World Cup team was excited to put its training into action in Liverpool.
“With support from the Australian Government and Netball Australia the team have trained hard and bonded throughout the process.”
“Netball is the most popular sport for females in Samoa, and it’s important that our junior players have positive role models to look up to. The growing participation of women and girls in netball is helping shift the mindset towards more gender inclusive attitudes—on and off the court.”
“I’m sure the team will make Samoa proud,” Ms Solia concluded.
Held every four years, the Netball World Cup brings together the world’s top teams and Samoa’s qualification is a major achievement for the Pacific’s elite national netball squads. Fiji also qualified to compete amongst the 16 teams.
Australian Charge d’Affaires Ms Amanda Jewell said “Netball Australia has played a key role in delivering programs in Samoa that increase participation opportunities for women and girls, and offer access to leadership and decision-making roles.”
“We are excited for this next phase of our partnership with Netball Australia, which will complement Australia’s sports for development work by creating pathways to the elite level.”
“We wish both Netball Samoa’s World Cup and Pacific Games teams all the best for their upcoming competitions, at home and afar. Manuia ou faiva”.
The Australian High Commission will hold a farewell breakfast on Saturday 29 June to congratulate all players on their achievements and wish the World Cup team safe travels.
From 2019-2023 the Australia Pacific Sports Linkages Program will work with Netball Australia and other sports organisations to boost opportunities for Pacific teams and athletes to train and compete in Australia and internationally.
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