MORE than 120 young netballers from across the state have wrapped up their school holidays by spending three days with their favourite Mission Queensland Firebirds at Tallebudgera Active Recreation on the Gold Coast.
The Mission Queensland Firebirds Kids Camp, held from Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20, was the second sold-out camp in consecutive months and the first public appearance for five 2013 Mission Queensland Firebirds recruits.
Highlights included a surprise birthday present for Mission Queensland Firebirds vice-captain Natalie Medhurst, a ‘Design a Wedding Dress’ competition judged by recently married captain Laura Geitz, the dominance of the Demelza McCloud-coached Pink Panthers during match play, and the ‘How Well Do You Know Your Teammates’ game which ended with Australian Diamonds and Mission Queensland Firebirds mid-courter Chelsea Pitman taking top honours.
One of the lucky participants, 12-year-old Downey Park netballer Sophie Beasley, was attending her first Mission Queensland Firebirds Kids Camp.
Mother Cathy said Sophie returned home on Sunday exhausted but buzzing with excitement.
“She just had the best time and couldn’t stop talking about it for three hours after I picked her up,” she said.
“From the delicious food to the new friends she’s made, the supervisors were great and she’s had a fantastic experience.”
The East Brisbane mother said spending time with the Mission Queensland Firebirds was a dream come true for Sophie.
“I’ve got older sons who play rugby and they’ve never had that interaction with their heroes, it’s just amazing for little girls to have that experience and she’d love to sign up again.”
A new addition to the January Mission Queensland Firebirds Kids Camp was the performance of World Skipping professional Jake Eve.
Jake shared his tricks with the camp participants on Saturday, teaching them the value of core strength and footwork.
To watch a video of Jake in action at the camp and check out photos of activities across the three days, click here.