Members of the Queensland Firebirds team enjoyed Surfers Paradise beach, ahead of their local matches to be played here in May.
The Firebirds will take on New Zealand in two games to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 4 and 24 May.
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“Netball is a Commonwealth Games sport and has a tremendously strong following around the country so I’m hoping we get a good turnout at these May games,” Mayor Tom Tate said.
“I’d like to urge people to get their tickets soon and show their support for the Queensland team – but I know there’ll be plenty of New Zealand fans on the Gold Coast keen to back their teams as well!”
Cr Tate said netball had the highest participation rate of any women’s sport in both Australia and New Zealand.
“With our inaugural Sport Plan 2013 – 2023 now being rolled out for the city, we’re keen to offer our ongoing support for sports like netball, from the grassroots clubs up to the elite level.”
Anna Carroll, CEO of Netball Queensland, said the Gold Coast is one of the state’s biggest growth centres for netball, with six well-run associations and 52 clubs delivering the sport to thousands every week.
“Not only is it wonderful to be able to bring our elite team the Firebirds to the Coast for two home games but when we hold one of our grassroots carnivals there like we did last year, it injects millions into the local economy,” Ms Carroll said.
“We hope the Gold Coast community takes the opportunity to experience the spectacle of a Mission Queensland Firebirds match because I know it won’t disappoint.”
“We’re excited Mayor Tate is showing his support as he’s already committed to sitting on the sideline at the May 24 game against the Central Pulse,” she said
On Sunday 4 May, the Firebirds take on the EasiYo Tactix at 2pm at the Convention and Exhibition Centre while on Saturday 24 May, it’s a match against New Zealand’s Central Pulse, also at 2pm.
Tickets are now available online at www.firebirds.net.au