Laura Geitz with Scots PGC College marketing manager Judi Haidley after a Commonwealth Games silver medal win.
Laura Geitz with Scots PGC College marketing manager Judi Haidley after a Commonwealth Games silver medal win.

Players pray for success

WARWICK netball fans may get the chance to attend a home World Netball Championships if Sydney’s bid for the 2015 event is successful.

Allora player Laura Geitz is currently in the Australian Diamonds team which will be re-selected for this year’s world championships in Singapore in July after the conclusion of the ANZ Championships.

Former Warwick student Clare McMeniman is in the Queensland Firebirds team for the ANZ Championships, and like Geitz is hoping to be part of the world championship team this year. Both will be young enough to also press strongly for the team for 2015.

International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) president Molly Rhone has arrived in Sydney leading a five-member IFNA delegation assessing Australia’s bid to host the 2015 championships in Sydney.

Representatives from Netball Australia, the NSW Government, Events NSW, the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Netball NSW will present the IFNA delegation with compelling reasons why Australia and Sydney should host netball’s pinnacle event in four years time.

The delegation’s program includes a detailed presentation on Sydney’s 2015 bid proposal, a tour of the world- class sports, entertainment and accommodation facilities at Sydney Olympic Park and an opportunity to be part of the Australia Day festivities around Sydney’s stunning harbour.

Australia and host city Sydney are competing against Manchester to stage the World Netball Championships which occur every four years featuring the top 16 teams from around the globe. The last world championship held in Australia was in 1991, also in Sydney.

Key to Australia’s bid is the ability to stage the most commercially viable World Netball Championship event ever.

Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said that support from the NSW Government through Events NSW, Sydney’s proven experience as a major international event city and a thriving netball community meant Australia was in a great position to deliver an event that would have a significant beneficial impact on netball globally.

“We are confident we can impress the delegates with our vision for the most commercially successful World Netball Championship ever,” she said.

The IFNA Board will consider the bid delegation’s recommendation on the host country at their board meeting in March.


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