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The Tennant & District
Times is published
by Jasmin Afianos,
139 Paterson Street,
Tennant Creek NT
0860, and printed by
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Print Centre, 1
Darwin NT 0800.
Curry inspires locals with fitness workshop
Former Firebird introduces netball to Barkly girls
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NETBALL could be the next big thing in wom-
en’s sport in the Barkly region thanks to for-
mer Queensland Firebird Melina Saunders.
Saunders has just completed a trip to Tennant Creek
and Hermannsburg where she introduced young women
“Basketball is predominantly played by young
women and girls in remote communities, so the trip
has definitely been a good opportunity to showcase an
alternative with netball,” she said.
The former national league star said the week-long trip
had concentrated on basic skills and the fundamentals
of the game.
“We had great sessions with senior girls at Hermanns-
burg School, and in Tennant Creek we had sessions with
grades 4, 5,and 6 at the primary school.
“We also visited Barkly College where I talked to
the young women from the Stronger Sisters Program.
“The sessions included talks about lifestyle and
positive choices and being a strong woman and the
importance of physical activity.
“The level of engagement has been fantastic. The kids
have been positive and well behaved and all the kids
show a high level of potential.
“I’d like to see netball become a weekly activity in
Tennant Creek and Hermannsburg and eventually in
Sports and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins said it
was wonderful athletes the caliber of Saunders took the
time to visit the Northern Territory.
“The Territory Government is keen to encourage more
visits by elite athletes and teams and is always delighted
to see such participation in our community and support
by our community,” Minister Higgins said.
Saunders is based in Canberra where she works as
a mentor for the Deadly Sista Girlz program run by
the Wirrpanda Foundation, as well as the Australian
Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
Last week’s trip was organised and supported by the
NT Department of Sport and Recreation and Netball
NT. It was Saunders second trip to the Territory.
She was involved in a special Indigenous Sports Camp
to teach netball skills in Alice Springs late last year.
Netball NT’s Alice Springs Development Manager
Karen Randell said the aim of the trips was to get
women interested in a sport they would not normally
play in their communities.
“The boys go off and play AFL or basketball. Introduc-
ing netball gives women in communities the opportu-
nity to take ownership of their own sport.”
STAR POWER: Former Queensland
Firebird netballer in Tennant Creek recently.
TENNANT residents welcomed Lisa Curry to
town last Saturday and relished the opportu-
nity to work out with her.
The triple Olympian visited town as part of her One
Life, One Chance Aussie Roadtrip where she is at-
tempting to change the state of health of the country.
Following a motivational speech about why looking
after yourself is so important, how to lose weight, get
fit and improve health, Lisa worked out with the group,
offering exercise tips and talking about technique.
Linda Renfrey said she was thrilled to get an oppor-
tunity to work out with Lisa.
“She’s so down-to-earth and personable, everyone
there found her really easy to relate to,” she said.
“She genuinely wants to help people and, having
had a health scare of her own, she knows how to get
through to others.
“We all felt very motivated afterwards, even though
most of us had a few aching muscles.”
Linda said Lisa was impressed to hear about the TC
Tough Team which meets regularly to exercise together.
“Lisa stressed the importance of supporting each
other,” Linda said.
“She says encouragement is a vital part of the whole
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