Netballers open season with march past marking 50 years of sport in Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Netball Association (BMNA) kicked off the netball season on Saturday, April 7 with a special march past celebrating its 50th year.

Sports minister and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres spoke to a packed crowd in the stands at the Lapstone netball courts, praising the initiatives of ‘Walking Netball’ and ‘NetSetGo’ that BMNA are promoting for different ages.

‘NetSetGo’ is a beginner’s netball program for kids aged between five and eight. ‘Walking Netball’ is a modified version of the game for older and less mobile patrons. These programs start on May 5.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill also attended alongside Federal Macquarie MP Susan Templeman and State Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle.

Cr Greenhill was thrilled to have both state and local members supporting women in sport. He also was impressed with the high levels of participation in the Blue Mountains netball competitions.

All eight clubs took part in the season opening ceremony with Springwood Blue Mountains Netball Club crowned the winners of the march past. Blue Mountains Metro League and Panthers Premier League players also attended the ceremony.

BMNA founding and life member, Carmel Higgins, was recognised for receiving the Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year Award at the Australian Day Awards in Springwood on January 26.

Blue Mountains Podiatry offered free foot assessments to local netball players.

The junior competitions are held between 9am and 12noon with senior teams competing between 1pm and 2.15pm. For more information, visit http://bmna.nsw.netball.com.au/.