PNG Netball stands firm on its vision to make the code inclusive

PNG Netball Federation President, Julienne Leka-Maliaki, said a healthy community can only be achieved if everyone stays fit.

PNG Netball now stands firm on its vision to make the code inclusive, regardless of gender, and to be more family oriented.

This comes after Leka-Maliaki observed several netball matches in the Central Province villages, including Galomarubu in the Rigo District.

Recognising that sports is dynamic and can be used as a vehicle for positive change, PNG Netball urges everyone to participate, and not to treat it is as only for the female population.

President Leka-Maliaki says while people use netball as an avenue to develop, young women and girls on the other hand may have opportunities to venture into mainstream Netball.

Mainstream netball refers netball competitions in the main centres where possibilities of getting scouted by selectors to join the National team are very high.

She also recognises that rural based competitions will need proper umpiring and coaching training, in order to carry out an actual competition.

The president added that the Netball Federation has the likes of Alu Ravusiro, and others, who are accredited Umpires and coaches.

She urged all rural based competitions to come forward to the federation if ever they need assistance with coaching and umpiring clinics.

With communities who are still on the fence about how far netball will take them, Leka-Maliaki says everything starts at the local level and no group is too small for a netball match.




Dinnierose Raiko

Dinnierose Raiko graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts (Journalism) from Divine Word University in March 2016. She joined EMTV Sports in April 2016 covering Sports news and contributes content to and at times Co-host EMTV’s premier sports talk show ,'Sports Scene'. Her previous experience extends to a year of general news reporting for NBC West New Britain, NBC Madang and stringing for PNGFM just before joining EMTV. Having done courts, business, health, Education rounds before, the prospect of doing Sports stories became a new challenge. One that Dinnierose wanted to test herself with. She is now an all-rounder sports reporter but takes a greater interest in Cricket. Dinnierose has since found her niche and hopes to produce her own Sports Show someday.

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