Ignoring forecasts of heavy rain, organisers for the inaugural ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball competition began setting up at the Calwell Playing Fields early on October 31. Teams from Canberra, Queanbeyan, regional NSW, Victoria and even far-north Queensland, descended on the courts soon after, optimistic inspite of the weather – they were there to have fun.
Fallon Dalton (pictured above, with daughter Aneaka) said the idea was initially borne among a close-knit group of netball mums, who then all took an active part in organising the day-long round robin comp - which kicked off at 9am under sunny skies and wrapped up with the grand final being played in the rain.
The tournament also hosted international English netball star, Sonia Mkoloma, who as part of the One Netball team of ambassadors, was excited to be in the crowds cheering the teams on, and handed the trophies to the winning teams at the end of the day.
Sonia is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion within sport.