Over 1400 netballers ranging in age from 12 to 16 years will converge in Brisbane’s western suburbs tomorrow for the three-day Netball Queensland Challenge Carnival.
156 teams from all over the state including from as far away as Townsville to the Tweed, Emerald to Kingaroy will compete in the carnival.
Netball Queensland Sports Development and Participations manager, Tahnee Norris said the Challenge Carnival is always one of the most popular on the Queensland netball calendar as it gives more players an opportunity to gain experience at a higher level in a fun environment.
“Each of our 81 associations gets to send two teams so it is a really good chance for them to bring through new players and give them an opportunity to represent their association at a higher level,” Norris said.
“The support we have received from Western Districts in hosting this event has been amazing.”
“Challenge Carnival is also a chance for Netball Queensland to talent identify athletes and umpires,” Norris said.
Netball Queensland is adding an extra level of fun for the players and bringing a carnival atmosphere to this year’s Challenge, setting up a chill-out zone for the first time.
Players can take a break from the court, kick off their sneakers and relax on the new Netball Queensland beanbag chairs, listen to music and even have their nails painted in their team colours.
Challenge Carnival is expected to inject approximately 3 million dollars into the local economy over the three-day event.
The event begins tomorrow with the opening ceremony at 7.45am and will conclude with the trophy presentations to the winning teams on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.