From the rising stars of netball in the junior grades to the mamas who’ve been-there and done-that, even the menfolk – walking netball is a fit for all.
Kopu Anguna of netball Cook Islands guarantees the event will be full of fun.
“It’s netball but the only difference is you cannot run at any time on court – you can only walk,” she says.
The walking netball fundraiser will be held at the Arorangi Netball courts on Saturday, September 14, starting at 1pm and will be the culmination of a day long fundraising effort by Netball Cook Islands.
A run-a-thon will be held first thing in the morning where the netball community will be running around the island collecting funds to support the national Black Pearls netball team.
The Black Pearls, who this week moved up the netball world ranking to 12th in the world and top in the Pacific, are preparing to defend their M1 Nations Cup title in Singapore next month.
Another top performance at the M1 Nations Cup will see the Black Pearls climb further up the world rankings.
The October tournament will be played over seven days and will feature six nations and is a vital stepping stone towards the team moving up the INF rankings table, and looking to the future to the Commonwealth Games and 2023 World Cup.
For more details or registration forms please contact NCI President Mii Maui on 54-202 or Kopu Anguna 77-592 and dig deep into your pockets to support our golden girls keep their netball crown.
If you want to learn more about walking netball or how to register your work team or sports club and be part of Black Pearl walking netball fundraiser – members of the national netball squad will be at the Punanga Nui Markets this Saturday to give you all the details.
The Cook Islands Black Pearls for the M1 Nations Cup are: Luciana Nicholas (Rarotonga), Marjorie Toru (Rarotonga), Alanna Smith (Rarotonga), Elena Mataora (Rarotonga), Maeva Carr (Rarotonga), Anania Piri (Rarotonga), Rochelle Teiri (Auckland), Alex Iro (Auckland), Lenae Tiaiti (Sydney), Daimzel Rongokea (Rarotonga), Leah Pue (Gold Coast) and Ailish Akavi (Wellington).
The squad will be coached by Anna Andrews-Tasola supported by assistant coach Sebon Will, manager Joy Bates and physio Talia Kipa.