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By Amy Dale|
Sport Stars 25/4/06
Westfields Sports High School were the only team to enter the Capital Youth Games netball tournament did they sure were glad they did. The star school won their final against Canberra based club Maddies Magic 26-14 and were delighted with the opportunity to play during the school holidays.
They dominated most of their matches, with winning margins including 50-1 and 42-6.
Westfields coach, Jo Macdermid was particularly impressed with the skills of shooter Taneka Lewis, defender Gemma Steenson, as well as Kiia Parata, Jesse Tolomeo and Emma Gauci.
“The girls have had a fantastic week and a great time down here,” Macdermid said. “They have had the chance to meet and play with people from another state and it was a good opportunity to get the girls playing.
“They don’t get many chances to play away from home, and the Games are definitely something I would recommend to other Westfields coaches.”
The inaugural Capital Youth Games were a week long event held at sporting venues across Canberra. Sports including swimming, futsal, indoor cricket, rugby sevens and netball were held at top facilities featuring young athletes from across NSW and the ACT.
The event had nearly 1000 entrants between the ages of 12 and 18, an unbelievable effort for an event in its first year.
Organisers are next year hoping to include more sports, including touch football, in the hope that more kids will be inspired to stay active during the holidays.
The Netball, held at the ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham, housed 16 teams and around 60 competitors.
The victorious Westfields team enjoyed the trip to Canberra, and are already excited about returning next year.
PATH TO GLORY
Sports Stars 25/4/06
Make no mistake about it,Westfields Sports High School student Kiia Whitney Parata is a girl on the road to glory.
The talented teenager has represented Sydney South West PSSA in a range of sports including swimming, touch, softball and netball. But it is Netball where she looks certain to make her name.
Parata was a member of the 2005 NSWPSSA netball team which was runner-up to South Australia at the National Titles.
She also captained her former school, Panania Public, to the final eight of the State Knockout last season. She will represent Bankstown at July’s U13’s state Titles.
Wednesday 25th April 2006