The Kununurra Netball Association would put the $20000 grant towards our representative team travel for the North West Championships in 2020. In 2020 these Championships are held in Karratha where the travel cost is approximately $2500 per athlete from Kununurra. Kununurra Netball Association is taking an Under 14’s and Under 16’s representative teams, along with there associated coaches, team managers and umpire. The North West Championships is a weekend championship held annual where associations from across the Pilbara and Kimberley travel to participate. This weekend gives the players and umpires involved exposure to a level of Netball that is not available at a local level.
This weekend allows athletes to be talent identified by Netball WA and selected for state and regional netball teams for state based competitions later in the year. It is an important step and opportunity in our players development pathways. Across the weekend umpires are also talent identified by Netball WA for further development. This championship and weekend of netball is an experience that our athletes do not get exposed to or come across often.
The North West Championship allows all athletes involved to further learn and develop there netball skills, that they can then bring back and share with those around them, and further improve the competition held here in Kununurra. To further grow inter- association relationships with athletes from other remote associations through the Kimberley and Pilbara, which could assist these athletes in future goals, aspirations or paths of study.