GEMS team rocks

THE Port Lincoln Netball Association’s GEMS program wrapped up their season with a presentation for their 17 players on Saturday.

Last year the program was trialed with nine GEMS between the ages of 8 and 16 taking part in a two-match series, but this year the program welcomed 17 GEMS and played a four-week series.

GEMS coordinator Gabby Rusden said they already had a waiting list for next year and hoped other local associations would also take on the initiative.

“Our aim is to create an inclusive sporting environment and maybe get some of our players into the wider netball community.

“The players love it, you can tell by the look on their faces,” she said.

PLNA representative Diane Moseby said the program had been wonderful for everyone involved.

“Some of these players have sat back and watched their family play, but for their parents to watch them take the court, it was emotional to see.”

Pictured: Back; Aus Post’s Karen Jensen, Astrid Williams, Thunderbird Abigail Latu-Meafou, Montana Sampson, Ellah Pulford; front: Savannah Mundy, Rebecca Bird-Traeger, Poppy Cunningham, Erin McCarthy, Hannah Hentsel-Gage, Dani Johnson, Jesse Poel, Cassie Simcock, Lexia Smart, Regan and Yasmin Mundy, mentor Ellie Siegert.