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Court short: Netball season cancelled

Maddyn White is photographed with Sonya Lampton. The pair co-captained the NQ Steel Cats last season.

THE full-time whistle has been blown on Ingham’s netball season.

Competition at all levels of the sport has been cancelled due to a shortage of teams.

Only nine sides registered to play across all age groups – from junior through to women’s – after Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed.

Herbert River Netball Association President Maddyn White (25) said: ‘I think people got used to the downtime during the Covid lay-off and now they’re reluctant to go back to rushing around all the time for sport’.

Just last week White hailed the physical development of her Cyclones under-12s side, after the group returned to training for the first time in ten months.

She is now urging parents to sign up for a programme that will offer coaching for the young charges who will have no local league competition in 2020.

The 25-year-old captained the North Queensland Steel Cats in the state league last season and was part of the Cyclones side that won the women’s title in Ingham.

She added: ‘We would really like to see as many young netballers as possible sign up for our eight-week development programme.

‘Twelve months away from netball – or any sport – is a long time for a young athlete to miss out on skill development’.

The programme costs $90 and funding is available through a government grant.

For further details go to Herbert River Netball Association Inc.

Meanwhile, Nick Dametto, the member of parliament for Hinchinbrook, today announced a plan to allow some regional-based public servants time off for volunteering at sports clubs and youth organisations.

The Katter Australian Party (KAP) member said: ‘Under the KAP’s plan, strategically-placed public servants from departments like DATSIP [Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships], the Department of Child Safety, Women and Children and the Queensland Police Service would be provided time in-lieu to volunteer at kids sporting clubs’.

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