Netball comp celebrates women in sport- 9 Aug 2012 00:00:00
Details of the inaugural Netball Diamond challenge have been confirmed, mixing sport and entertainment, with the aim to celebrate the role of women in sport and in particular elevate the profile of Netball in South Africa during women's month.
The Netball Diamond Challenge will see South Africa, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia competing in a round robin tournament at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria from 15th to 18th August.
Minister Mbalula said: ‘We are very excited about the Netball Diamond Challenge, and our plan is to grow it into the premier netball event on the African continent. Netball remains one of the largest sporting codes in the country and it deserves to have a professional league and roar to a stature of the likes of soccer, rugby and cricket.’
Mimi Mthethwa, Netball South Africa President, added: ‘The plan is for the Netball Diamond Challenge to become an annual event hosted by South Africa, with various invitational teams being invited. The event forms part of Netball South Africa’s Vision for the Spar Proteas that ensures we strive towards consistently being amongst the top three teams in the world, develop heroes amongst our youth and further grow the game at all levels and areas.’