Marie Little Shield coach appointed, nominations open

Merrin McCulloch has been reappointed Queensland’s Marie Little Shield coach for 2017 ahead of the national championship in Perth from 1 to 3 September.

Marie Little Shield is the national championship for netballers with an intellectual disability, pitting six state sides against one another for the chance to be crowned winners.

McCulloch said she was delighted to be coaching the side again after an encouraging maiden campaign last year where Queensland finished fourth.

“I am delighted and excited to be appointed to coach the MLS team again this year,” McCulloch said.

“Last year being our first year in the MLS was a great learning experience for myself, the support team and of course the players.The experience we all gained last year has given us so many new ideas for how we will tackle this season. We are hoping to have more players come to selection, we have plans for a bigger and better training program and even hope to get the team away on a bonding and teamwork camp.

“We are so pleased to hear that more teams are joining the competition and are looking for to a challenging trip to Perth to reunite with the friends we made last year and of course to compete at our very best.”

Nominations for the team are now open! To register your interest, follow the steps below.

What: Player nominations open to women 16 years or older with an intellectual disability.

When: 2017 Marie Little Shield Championships 1-3 September, Perth, Western Australia.

Contact: Phoebe at Netball QLD for more information

Marie Little OAM was the founder of Sport Inclusion Australia (formerly known as AUSRAPID) in 1986 and dedicated her working life to improve the lives of people with an intellectual disability using the medium of sport.