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Migrants choose netball for fun and fitness

THE burgeoning Intercultural Sports League (ICSL) is continuing to expand its horizons with female members of Hobart’s Indian community taking part in clinics hosted by the Huon Netball Club.

ICSL president Raj Chopra said while many Indian women took an interest in cricket, very few of them were willing to play.

But Mr Chopra said they were keen to try other sports for recreation and to connect with the wider community.

“Netball really has no presence in our home country, but we recognise how popular the sport is, particularly for women here in Australia,” he said.

“Thanks to the support of the Huon Netball Club, interest is growing, and we hope to have our first competition running through the ICSL in 2017.”

Since its inception in February 2016, the ICSL has proved a huge success, with new teams now entering various Tasmanian competitions from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

A keen supporter of the league, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, acknowledged the established sporting organisations that chipped in to support new participants.

“As a patron of the Southern Tasmanian Netball Association’s 50th anniversary year and sponsor of a team competition, it’s really pleasing to see the growth of the game at a grassroots level,” Ms Archer said.

“I was really impressed by the dedication of the women who are keen to try a whole new sport and would like to congratulate the coaches from Huon who donated their time so freely.”

To learn more about the Intercultural Sports League visit interculturalsportsleague.com or find them on Facebook.

Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, with coaches from the Huon Netball Club and members of Hobart’s Indian community at a recent “come and try” netball day.

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