Local netballers Dekoda Walsh, Taylah Wilson and Kymarni Astill with Australian Diamond Susan Pettitt. Photo: BELINDA SOOLETHE school holidays began in the most perfect way for local netball fans with Australian Diamond Susan Pettitt running a clinic at the Nita McGrath Courts on Monday.
Pettitt, known for the majority of her career as Pratley before getting married last year, is a Netball World Championship gold medal winner and ran a session with juniors aged both six to 10 years and 11 to 14 years while at Dubbo.
As someone who grew up in a regional area on the state’s south coast, the NSW Swift attacker knows how beneficial it can be to have someone with a high profile helping younger players achieve their dreams.
“I just want to get out to the country and teach them and make them realise if they practice and train hard they can play for Australia,” she said.
“So it’s just about them realising just because they live in the country that it isn’t limited.”
It was not only the juniors who were benefiting with some of Dubbo’s coaches in attendance helping the day run smoothly.
Dubbo Netball Association’s Michelle Williams admitted Pettitt’s wealth of experience was obvious.
She added there was no doubt the sessions would help not only the local junior players but also teams right through to the senior grades.
“We’re just so lucky to have someone of the calibre of Susan come down and help us with the kids,” she said.
“As adults we’re loving it and the kids are having a blast and it’s good for them to see their idol out at the bush and coming and helping us develop netball here.
“It’s good because as rep coaches we can take away and use it for not just the younger girls but also the older girls too.”
Players from the Warren and Coonamble netball associations were also in attendance with a bumper crowd on hand to learn from Pettitt, who first played for Australia in 2006.
Pettitt admitted she was impressed by the talent on show with a lot of local youngsters still on a high following the local Rawson Homes Premiership grand finals being held on Saturday.
“It’s fantastic to see netball still growing,” she said.
“You don’t want to lose players off to other sports or anything like that and they’ve come off their grand final weekend so to see them out straight away again on Monday is great.”
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