Walking netball trial a success in the Blue Mountains

Walking netball could become a permanent fixture in the Blue Mountains, due to the success of a four-week pilot trial.

One of the first walking netball programs in the state wrapped up in the Blue Mountains on May 26, with six teams taking part, involving 60 participants.

Walking netball was granted a pilot program by Netball NSW after netball stalwart Carmel Higgins kept pushing for the sport’s introduction in the Blue Mountains.

A spokeswoman for Netball NSW said it will consider walking netball as a permanent fixture if the Blue Mountains Netball Association chooses to continue running the program.

Mrs Higgins said everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and welcomed the sport’s possibly permanency. 

“We certainly are hoping to keep it going, with probably a few changes, maybe in division of ages etc,” Mrs Higgins said.

Walking netball is targetted at less mobile netballers who still want to enjoy the game but aren’t as light of foot as they once were. It has the same rules as regular netball, the main difference being one foot must remain on the ground at all times, and you can interchange at any time.