Camden netball season launches with colourful parade

Narellan Sports Hub was awash with colour on Saturday for the launch of the Camden netball season.

Camden and District Netball Association hosted its traditional march past parade for all of its clubs on Saturday.

Media coordinator Danielle Schuhmeier said you could "feel the excitement in the air".

"It meant so much, especially for those who decided not to play in 2020 because of the restrictions," she said.

"It's definitely been a long time between games.

"The fact that we could do this again, with restrictions lifted and a few more spectators in the crowd, it was so good for all of us on the exec.

"We love seeing everyone out there happy and enjoying themselves."

Camden and District was the only netball association in the south-west to hold a winter competition in 2020.

There are 13 clubs in the Camden and District Netball Association: Appin Waratahs, Bekennie, Bringelly, Camden RSL, Currans Hill, Douglas Park, Harrington Park, Macarthur, Mount Annan, Oran Park, Razorback, The Oaks and newcomers Wilton.

"Holding a competition in 2020 allowed us to be in a better position this year with regard to Covid and restrictions," association president John Hahn said.

"We followed the 'Return to Netball Guidelines' and this enabled us to hold a condensed season in 2020.

"We are very much excited about the 2021 season and cannot wait to see the courts filled with netballers and more spectators each week now the numbers have been increased."

The launch event, giving locals a taster of the season ahead, also included a gala event for the youngest players, from under-7s to under-12s.

It showcased just how much the association had bounced back after numbers being down 50 per cent last year.

"Just seeing the littlies taking to the court for the very first time, it was very cute," Schuhmeier said.

"They were all having a great time.

"It's great to see everyone dusting off those netball skills. Everyone was itching to get on court."

Schuhmeier said the 2021 season would include a domestic violence awareness day, a crazy hair and sock day and school holiday clinics.

She said the success of the launch showed just how ready Macarthur was to embrace the sport again.

There are 1400 juniors and more than 500 seniors registered to play this year.

"Netball is definitely coming back," Schuhmeier said.

"It fills us with so much excitement for the season ahead.

"The courts can be filled with more netballers and spectators this year and it's taken a lot of hard work to get everyone here.

"Our numbers are back to 2019 levels and you can just tell that everyone is ready to get back to some form of normality, and sport is a big part of that."

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli officially opened the 2021 Netball Season and presented the winner of the Junior March Past to Bringelly Netball Club, while Hume MP Angus Taylor announced Wilton Netball Club as the winners of the Senior March Past.

Learn more about Camden and District Netball Association at: camdendistrictna.nsw.netball.com.au.


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