Adelaide Thunderbirds in Whyalla thanks to Telstra


When 2017 Kiwi Netball Club President, Rachelle Frigo, was told the Whyalla-based club had won the Telstra Whyalla store’s check-in competition for Adelaide Thunderbirds players to host a netball clinic with their junior players, she said she was elated.

“We have 160 players at the club, with about 70 of those being junior players,” Rachelle said. “When I found out we had won Telstra’s competition, the opportunity to have our junior players meet and learn skills from Adelaide Thunderbirds players was very exciting.”

To be eligible to win the competition for a coaching clinic, as well as an equipment pack, all gifted by Telstra, members of the Whyalla Netball Association had one month to register their clubs in the local Whyalla Telstra store.

While the registrations were open, three Adelaide Thunderbirds players made an in-store appearance in June where 100 visitors met and had their photographs taken with the athletes.

On 22 October, Adelaide Thunderbirds Hannah Petty, Chelsea Pitman and Cathrine Tuivaiti travelled to Kiwi Netball Club to host the clinic.

“We had more than 40 players take part in the clinic, including two boys,” Rachelle said.

“The three Adelaide Thunderbirds who ran the clinic were fantastic and their interaction with our players was great.

“We had different skills stations, including shooting, defence and ball work, that all the players moved through.

“At the end of the session, there was time for signatures and photographs, which was a highlight for many.”

Included in the prize, Kiwi Netball Club won 20 Telstra training balls as well as bags, hats and drink bottles, which were given to clinic participants in a goodie-bag.

Telstra also supplied each club from the Whyalla Netball Association with an equipment pack as a surprise. The initiative by Netball SA partner, Telstra aimed to provide the community of Whyalla with a memorable experience by connecting them with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.