Online workouts to keep players active

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Karratha Netball Association 2019 division one premiers - Letizia Palmer Cougars.
Camera IconKarratha Netball Association 2019 division one premiers - Letizia Palmer Cougars. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

Pilbara netball players have the opportunity to maintain their fitness and skills despite coronavirus shutting down the start of the upcoming season, with Netball Australia and NETFIT teaming up to launch a free online program.

The collaboration sees the netball community across Australia get free access to live online work-outs delivered by elite netballers, as well as health, fitness, nutrition and wellbeing sessions until the end of April.

Karratha Netball Association president Tracy Kitching welcomed the initiative and said it was a fantastic opportunity for players to stay fit.

“I have been using NETFIT coaching resources over the last 12 months and it is Sarah Wall and Kim Green who are ex-Diamonds players that run it and it is really good,” she said.

“Now Netball Australia have joined forces with them to offer free virtual netball training from your own home which is awesome.”

“With what’s going on you’ve got to look after your health.”

Netball Australia chief executive Marne Fechner said she was excited to partner with NETFIT to bring netball activity to the Australian community in unprecedented circumstances.

“As we see more netball competitions postpone activity due to COVID-19, it’s important we take a proactive approach to keeping our netball communities around Australia active and engaged with the sport,” she said. “We have admired the work that Sarah and the NETFIT Netball team has been doing, she is a great role model for our sport and we’re delighted to be partnering with NETFIT to ensure netballers of all ages can access online netball workouts and training sessions to participate from wherever they’re able to.”

Ms Kitching said while no games were expected to be played until after May 30, she was regularly keeping members informed so they could swiftly start the season once appropriate. She said the North West Champs had also been postponed.

The free online NETFIT series began last Monday and is set to run for six weeks.

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