Thursday, February 9, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Netball – A Game For All

When a sold-out crowd packed out Mackay Multisports Stadium to watch the Queensland Firebirds take on the Sunshine Coast Lightning last November, Mackay’s love of netball was evident.

Mackay Netball Association makes everyone’s netball dreams come true, with programs and competitions available for all ages and abilities.

Starting from ages five and six, your child can learn the fundamentals of the sport in the skills and drills program before Mackay Netball Association transitions them into one of 13 clubs in the region to play competition netball.

“It’s the largest female sport in Mackay and we’re looking to have boys and mixed teams as well,” said Mackay Netball Association Operations Manager Sharon Sutherland.

Starting your child in a sport has innumerable benefits including increased fitness, healthy growth of bones and muscles and improved coordination and balance, as well as many social benefits.

“A lot of kids make new friends because they play with not so much their schoolmates but everyone from the region,” said Sharon.

Mackay Netball are currently in week 2 of a NetSetGO! program delivered to over 120 young netballers at no cost to them with the assistance of a BMA Community Grant.  

With the season starting in March and a five-week NetSetGO! program to start in term two, now is the perfect time to consider netball.

Not only is it a fun, social and skilful game, there are plenty of opportunities for development, with teams representing Mackay in competitions all over Australia including the region’s first representative boys’ team heading to the Sunshine Coast later this year.

You can find Sharon and the team from Mackay Netball Association at the Mackay Sports Expo happening on Sunday, February 12 from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the MECC.

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