BY Fadhil Yunus
Brunei Darussalam netball vice-captain Nur Hafizah binti Haji Abdul Sidek conducted a session in the NETFIT International Online Virtual Clinic along with other international players recently.
The virtual clinic, which featured a diverse field of players including representatives from Southeast Asian countries, was organised by NETFIT Netball with the support of Suncorp Team Girls and Origin Australia.
Despite netball being one of the sports impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, several personalities have logged on to a virtual platform to provide a range of workouts catered for netball and fitness enthusiasts.
Nur Hafizah, who primarily operates as a goal shooter in the national team, conducted a session on solo skills with one of the drills focussed specifically on improving footwork.
The national netball player is one of the country’s pivotal members in the team especially in major competitions such as the Asian Netball Championships (ANC) and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Nur Hafizah, a highly experienced player in the national team and leads the line for the Royal Bees, is a three-time bronze medallist in the SEA Games, with the Manila meet her latest accomplishment.
Joining Nur Hafizah in the virtual clinic were Wales’ Nia Jones, England captain Natalie Haythornthwaite, Malaysia’s Pow Mei Foong, USA’s Ella Cox, South Africa vice-captain Karla Pretorius, Singapore’s captain Charmaine Soh, Scotland’s Lia McGrath, New Zealand’s Courtney Tairi and Jamaica’s Shamera Sterling.
Apart from solo skills, several online instructors also conducted specialist and strength sessions as well as a nutrition-inspired session called ‘Cooking in the Kitchen’. The international clinic drew favourable response from avid netball followers with one commenting that no other sport has the same level of worldwide collaboration.
Prior to the suspension of all sporting activities in the country in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic, Brunei Darussalam netball team conducted the national netball trials.
There were also plans to form a Brunei Netball League in further signs of the country’s initiative to enhance the level of competition on the domestic scene.
The netball trial was held in view of selection for the Asian Netball Championships in South Korea this year, which has since been postponed to December this year tentatively.
The continental meet, which is expected to feature reigning holders Sri Lanka, hosts South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Maldives, India, Thailand, Japan, Chinese Taipei and Pakistan, was originally scheduled to be held from June 19-26.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin