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Latrobe City partners with Collingwood Magpies played to host inaugural Australian Netball Championships in 2022
Latrobe City in partnership with the Collingwood Magpies played host to the Inaugural Australian Netball Championships, which concluded in an action-packed weekend of finals action.
More than 2000 took to the stands at the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium on Saturday and Sunday to see Southern Force crowned the Inaugural Australian Netball Champions. The week-long tournament style event saw over 200 athletes, coaches, umpires and officials from 10 teams, from across Australia, involved in the identification and development opportunity, which serves as a pathway progression for the nation's emerging national netball talent.
Norma Plummer OAM, Mayor Cr Kellie O'Callaghan and Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan
Boost for the region
It is anticipated that the event will inject over $1 million dollars into the local economy through visitation and tourism dollars, highlighting the benefits of recent multi-million-dollar investments to major infrastructure upgrades from all levels of government.
Latrobe City Council Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan said hosting the Inaugural Australian Netball Championships further positioned Latrobe as a regional sporting destination.
"To have the opportunity to showcase our region to not only a large supporter base who came from across Gippsland and south east Melbourne to watch the games, but on a national platform through the Kayo sports streaming platform broadcast solidifies our flourishing regional city as an events hub," Cr O'Callaghan said.
Gold medallists Southern Force with Mayor Cr Kellie O'Callaghan
Opportunities for the community
Cr O'Callaghan also said, "It was fantastic to see the opportunities that were afforded to our community over the week-long event, from the school children who came to watch and participate in netball clinics, to the littlest of netballers, the Net Set Go participants from the Traralgon Netball Association, who had the honour of handing out the medallions on Sunday afternoon."
Over 1,600 Gippsland school students from 32 schools across the region, from Metung in the east, Korumburra in the south, Drouin in the west and across Latrobe City watched from the sidelines and participated in netball clinics conducted by Netball Victoria.
A pre-Grand Final event was hosted by Cr O'Callaghan, with former Australian Netball Diamonds Head Coach and player, Norma Plummer OAM guest speaker.
Pictures from Latrobe City Council website.
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