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Aussie netball teams start Fiji coaching clinics

Australian netball clubs Adelaide Thunderbirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning are in Fiji conducting coaching clinics and community work.

The Suncorp Super Netball League players arrived at the Nadi International Airport on Sunday, August 7, and began their coaching clinics at Nadi District School on Monday.

Adelaide Thunderbirds players during one of their workshops in Australia. They are currently in Fiji conducting coaching clinics and community work. Picture: Adelaide Thunderbirds Facebook

They then travelled to Suva to visit Saint Annes Primary School on Tuesday, then will travel to Latter Day Saints Primary School on Thursday.

The program is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and according to Netball Fiji, this is an initiative to build linkages with the Pacific under the PacificAus Sports Program.

Sunshine Coast Lightning during conducting a coaching clinic in Australia. They are currently in Fiji conducting coaching clinics and community work. Picture: Sunshine Coast Lightning Facebook

Thunderbirds assistant coach Cathy Fellows will be leading the group and they are also scheduled to conduct community work in the Tailevu North, which is on the Eastern side of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island.

Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivian Koster said an exhibition match is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 and will be opened with a curtain raiser between the Fiji men’s teams.

Sunshine Coast Lightning during one of their coaching clinics in Australia. Picture: Sunshine Coast Lightning Facebook

“The following exhibition match will feature the Lightning and Thunderbirds athletes who will each be joined by five Fiji Pearls members to make up their squads,” Koster said.

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The exhibition match will be played in a Fast5 format and it will be held at the Vodafone Arena on August 13.

Koster is encouraging all aspiring netters around Fiji to register for the clinics and take advantage of this great opportunity.

Fiji Pearls Netball players enjoying the day. Australian netball clubs Adelaide Thunderbirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning are in Fiji conducting coaching clinics and community work. Picture: Netball Fiji Facebook

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