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’.