SAASTA Aboriginal Netball Academy celebrated the lead up to NAIDOC Week with a training and cultural camp in Melbourne in late-June.
The athletes experienced a range of training environments including a tour of Collingwood Magpies, a training session facilitated by students from SEDA college, followed by a match against their netball program team and a Netfit session with former Australian Diamond Shelly O’Donnell.
The trip culminated with a tournament on the final day, hosted by Netball Victoria. This tournament involved a round robin competition between the two SAASTA teams, a multicultural team (part of Netball Victoria’s Inclusion program) and the Victorian Indigenous team – the Seven Sisters. All teams had a great time connecting with each other and showcasing their talent.
The athletes also experienced a range of cultural activations in line with their SACE component of the SAASTA program, including a guided tour along the Koorie Heritage Walk and a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition – Frontier Wars.
The tour proved to be a great lead up to the 2018 NAIDOC Week Indigenous Round between Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Collingwood Magpies Netball where SAASTA played in the curtain raiser against Netball SA Specialist Netball School – Pedare Christian College.