Adelaide Thunderbirds star netball players Hannah Petty and Cody Lange visited Kangaroo Island on Monday, July 8 to present netball clinics to three different age groups in the Kingscote Rec Centre.
Their services were acquired by KI Netball Association president Alana Hinton, who had been in talks with several people at Netball SA this year about isolation issues and opportunities for KI's young players and what value they get out of their NSA membership.
Just a month ago, Alana and Netball SA were able to coordinate the exciting possibility of an Island visit within the busy schedule of two Thunderbird players.
The visit was offered to us under the Net Set Go Program and participation coordinator Kara Richards was able to bring with her the two Thunderbird Players being Hannah Petty and Cody Lange. Both players are originally from rural areas in SA, Wudinna and Bordertown respectively.
While other associations may also have a NSG clinic visit, Kangaroo Island was exclusively asked if there was anything else the association would like to do while they were here.
KINA requested the whole wider netball community enjoy a unique training session with the Thunderbird players right through from tots to mums.
With Budget car rental's generous sponsorship, KINA was able to provide the visitors with a car for their stay and the three ladies were spotted in several places around town.
Flying in at noon they were absolutely delighted by the warm welcome by name on the Landmark roadside sign with staff giving them a cheeky wave too!
Staying at Seaview's holiday house they were also especially happy they had their own rooms for once and enjoyed a relaxing lunch at Cactus Cafe before gearing up for the afternoon and evening clinics.
"Thank you to all helpers on the day and to Kingscote Football Club for being open and feeding the well worked out girls," Alana said.
"I'm sure we can all be thankful for their efforts as both Thunderbird players had a morning team training before travelling and running the 4 1/2 hour clinic for us all before flying back for a fitness test the next day! Go Thunderbirds!"
There were 42 very excited 5 - 9 year old participants, many proudly wearing their NetSetGo shirts, attending a fun filled hour of suitable games.
This was followed by the 10-15 year old age group attended by 39 players and included the recent 13&U and 15&U Rep Team Players all proudly wearing their KINA Rep Team shirts.
Fourteen players attended the Senior 16+ age group.
At the conclusion of this clinic, Hannah and Cody presented the Participation Certificates to the Rep Team Players who then adjourned to the Kingscote Football Club to enjoy their Rep Team Wind up meal.
KINA Carnival Convenor Patto thanked the coaches, managers, umpires and assistant Carnival Convenor and food caterers for their efforts and presented them with a thank-you certificate.
This marked the conclusion of the KINA Rep Team commitment for 2019 until this September when netballers will be invited to apply for the for next Year's 17&U, 15&U and 13&U Training and Development Squads. - Maggie Patterson