Go green and gold and support SA netball

2011-04-13 13:12

The Proteas netball team are hard at work preparing for the IFNA World Netball Championships in Singapore in July, and South Africans are being asked to show their support by wearing team T-shirts on Fridays until after the championships.

This is part of the Magnificent Friday’s campaign announced earlier this year by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who called on the nation to get behind their sporting heroes.

South Africa won the silver medal at their first post-isolation appearance at the World Championships in Birmingham in 1995, beating New Zealand in the semifinals and going down to Australia in the final.

Since then, the team has not been quite as successful, although they have always reached the quarterfinals.

South Africa are currently ranked sixth in the world, and head coach Elize Kotze has her sights set firmly on a semifinal berth.

Netball South Africa (NSA) President Mimi Mthethwa welcomed the Magnificent Friday’s campaign, saying it was an effective tool to draw attention to netball.

“It should be particularly effective at school level, where the thousands of school children playing netball will be able to feel part of the national set-up,” she said.

“We expect all the regions to host their own festivities to promote the campaign and to galvanise support for the Proteas, of whom we are very proud.

“This campaign makes us realise that netball has really arrived on the big stage in South Africa.”

Proteas’ captain Amanda Mynhardt was very excited at the thought of Magnificent Fridays.

“Netball is the most popular women’s sport in South Africa, and we hope that everyone will throw their weight behind us,” she said.

“We will be inspired by the knowledge that we have the support of the nation when we represent South Africa in Singapore. We promise we will do everything we can to repay the faith shown in us.”

The shirts are available in children’s and adult sizes, for both men and women.

They can be bought from the NSA offices. Children’s shirts are R120 and adults’ R180, and long and short sleeved tops are available.

For more information on sales of the t-shirts, contact NSA on 012 344 5971, or visit their website www.netball-sa.co.za

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