INAS Global Games welcomes Marie Little Shield Netball

The Marie Lit­tle Shield will be held in Bris­bane at the Queens­land State Net­ball Cen­tre from 12 – 14 October.

The three-day com­pe­ti­tion gives women with an intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty the chance to com­pete and rep­re­sent their state or ter­ri­to­ry at a nation­al level.

For the first time, the Shield is being includ­ed as part of the INAS Glob­al Games, the world’s largest sport­ing event for elite ath­letes with intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment, which is being held in Bris­bane from 12 – 19 October.

Named in hon­our of inclu­sion pio­neer Marie Lit­tle OAM and intro­duced in 2013, the Shield recog­nis­es Little’s ded­i­ca­tion to improv­ing the lives of peo­ple with an intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty through the pow­er of netball.

As a Net­baller myself, and as the CEO of the INAS Glob­al Games, I am delight­ed that the Marie Lit­tle Shield will be played at the start of the INAS Glob­al Games here in Bris­bane,” says Robyn Smith.

Net­ball is a quin­tes­sen­tial Aus­tralian sport and this Shield show­cas­es that true spir­it of inclu­sive­ness in sport that we val­ue in this country.

Net­ball was one of the first sports to estab­lish nation­al com­pe­ti­tions for ath­letes with intel­lec­tu­al disability.

It is also an oppor­tu­ni­ty for Net­ballers to share in the excite­ment of a home­town Glob­al Games,” adds Smith.

Net­ball Aus­tralia CEO, Marne Fech­n­er said Net­ball Aus­tralia is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing play­ers with dis­abil­i­ties the oppor­tu­ni­ties to play net­ball and is delight­ed to sup­port pro­grams and events that ensure net­ball is acces­si­ble to the entire community.

The spir­it of net­ball is cap­tured in the Marie Lit­tle Shield as a cel­e­bra­tion of inclu­sion, of com­mu­ni­ty and our belief in pro­vid­ing path­ways for every­one to achieve in net­ball,” she said.

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