Young netballers from across Eyre Peninsula gathered in Port Lincoln last week to learn skills from Adelaide Thunderbirds players, including the region’s own Hannah Petty.
The Thunderbirds visited Lower Eyre Peninsula and Port Augusta as part of an effort to develop stronger links with regional communities.
Petty joined Thunderbirds players Cat Tuivaiti, Sasha Glasgow and captain Leana de Bruin for the tour.
I want to share as much knowledge as I can with these young athletes.Hannah Petty
In Port Lincoln on Thursday the players went to St Joseph’s School for a question and answer session with the students followed by autograph signings and photo opportunities.
Petty, who played junior netball with Wudinna United in Mid West, said she loved the chance to go to schools and interact with students.
“The main thing (I want to pass on) is, no matter what sport you play, to enjoy it and have fun,” she said.
“If you have a dream then follow it and do the best you can.”
Later in the evening the Thunderbrids players hosted free clinics at the Port Lincoln netball courts at Ravendale Sporting Complex.
About 120 young netballers had the chance to get up close with and be coached by the Thunderbirds players.
Petty said it was great to be able to pass on her skills to the young netballers.
“I want to share as much knowledge as I can with these young athletes,” she said.
“If I inspire one girl then I’m happy with that.”
This is the second time in 2018 the Adelaide Thunderbirds have held a clinic in Port Lincoln, following the one held in February.
Port Lincoln Netball Association president Emma Brewster said it was good to see the Thunderbirds return so soon after their first clinic.
She said neighbouring associations were also invited to be involved with this clinic.
The following day the Thunderbirds players took part in tourism activities including swimming with sea lions and touring a Coffin Bay oyster farm.