MORE than 400 players, coaches, support staff, family, friends and volunteers descended on the Hobart Netball and Sports Centre in Creek Road during the October school holidays for the annual Combined Australian Netball Association’s (CANA) Carnival.
For 34 years, CANA has coordinated a National Netball Carnival and, this year, 38 teams from all around Australia participated across six different divisions.
Attorney-General and Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer attended the opening ceremony, welcoming the interstate teams to Hobart on behalf of the Tasmanian Government.
“Our Government is proud to support the CANA Carnival this year with $3000 through Events Tasmania funding,” Ms Archer said.
“The carnival is held annually at a different location across the country and this year I am thrilled that this fantastic event is in the heart of my electorate at the Creek Road Netball Centre.”
The CANA Netball Carnival caters for teams in different age groups from 13 and under, right through to Masters (over 35s) and mixed teams.
“The carnival is open to all to enter, but specifically caters for grassroots players, providing them with the opportunity to experience a week of netball to challenge them,” Ms Archer said.
Lucy Morgan, a 15 year old from Rosetta, said she was particularly looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends during the carnival.
“I am very keen to make bonds with many girls who I haven’t played with before,” she said.
“I am playing in a different team from my usual club team, so it will be interesting to see how well we go.
“Because I haven’t been involved in a big carnival like this before, it will be a great experience for me to develop my skills.”
At the end of the carnival each year, teams are selected to tour overseas.
Teams from last year’s carnival competed in a tournament in Los Angeles, USA.
Caption: From left, Lucy Morgan, Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer, Moana Brain and Chelsea Millhouse at the Combined Australian Netball Association Carnival at Creek Road.