If you’re a fan of netball, you’re in luck. The Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel have announced their plans to come to Wanaka on February 10 to host two events. This is the first time the Steel have come down here in a couple of years, and they’ve been sorely missed.
The Wānaka Recreation Centre will host the Steel’s events, the first of which involves a skills and drills session for children interested in developing their netball ability. Head Coach Reinga Bloxham says, “The main idea is that we get out into the community to touch base with these kids that are up there” and that it's a good opportunity for students to get some coaching from Steel girls.
Years 3-8 will spend an hour with the team from 3.30pm-4.30pm and then Years 9-13 will grab the next slot at 4.45pm-5.45pm. When asked what we can expect from these sessions, Bloxham told the Wānaka Sun: “They’re only for an hour so there’ll be a little bit of skill-based stuff, there’s obviously going to be some ball skills, some drills, and a few fun games to round it off.” A second event will take place at 5.30pm-6.30pm which will involve an informal Q&A Session with Bloxham alongside team manager Dayna Kaio.
If you’re keen to get involved, don’t miss out as it’s unlikely that the Steels will come next year. “We usually travel to Central Otago every other year, so we’re really looking forward to getting there and sharing the Steel love in that community,” says Bloxham.