Netball Australia has hosted their first virtual version of the Marie Little Shield, a competition for women with an intellectual disability.
The event, which usually takes place in person, was introduced in 2013 and named in honour of disability pioneer Marie Little OAM, recognising her dedication to improving the lives of people with an intellectual disability through the power of netball.
The World Netball Members worked together with their charity partner, The Confident Girls Foundation to move the event online to avoid it being cancelled for a third consecutive year due to the on-going constraints of COVID-19.
Netball Australia Executive General Manager for Strategy, Infrastructure and Inclusion, Tim Klar, was impressed with the organisation of the event, he said: “This unique edition of the Marie Little Shield was a huge success and we’re over the moon that pivoting to the virtual approach has given the athletes from each state and territory the opportunity to connect and enjoy the spirit of the competition from home,”
“It’s always a terrific contest among the participation teams and the benefits of the tournament reach far beyond the court and the time that the teams spend together.
“But in the end, the health and safety of our communities must come first.”
Congratulations to Netball Australia on a successful virtual event.
For more information on the Marie Little Shield, click here