On the international stage, netball continues to strive to reach new levels and expand its reach. This week, we bring you stories of how this is having a real impact around the world, from being headline news with the International World Games Association, to Israeli netballers getting their first taste of international action.
INF President, Molly Rhone, proudly accepted the International World Games Association Athlete of the Year Award on behalf of Malawi’s Mwai Kumwenda at a presentation held at SportAccord, in Lausanne, Switzerland this week.
Pictured is Molly with the IWGA President, José Perurena.
Molly said: “Winning this Award is not only good news for Mwai but for her country, Malawi, and netball in general. Mwai has excelled through hard work and dedication to netball and is really deserving. She is a great role model for young girls and I congratulate her most heartily.”
The international fixtures calendar for the world’s top teams is shaping up to be a feast of netball. The SANZEA partnership between Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa has announced its opening matches, starting with a double-header in Auckland on 27 August. Later in the year, Jamaica will tour New Zealand in September, and Australia and New Zealand will contest the Constellation Cup across four matches in October.
This year’s Netball Europe Championships are being hosted in England from 12 to 15 May. Whilst the home nation will be hot favourites in the Championship section, they’ll be hosting a diverse selection of other nations keen to make their mark in the Challenge section.
Israel (pictured) have been working hard in preparation for their attempt at the Challenge section. Read their Coach Laragh Widdess’ blog here. Israel will be up against sides from Gibraltar, Malta, the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland, as well as invited teams from Grenada and the USA.