World’s tallest netballer in Perth
Perth’s reputation as a hub for sporting excellence has attracted the world’s tallest netballer as part of a two-month visit by the Sri Lankan National Netball Team.
15 June 2012
World’s tallest netballer in Perth to train for two months
Highlights WA’s stature as centre for sporting excellence on Indian Ocean Rim
Measuring in at 2.06m (6ft 9in), Sri Lankan goal shooter Tharjini Sivalingam is 10cm taller than our own Susan Fuhrmann of West Coast Fever.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the team’s visit presented a great opportunity for both Sri Lanka and Western Australian sport.
“This visit by the Sri Lankan netballers is an opportunity for WA to showcase our expertise and position ourselves as a centre for excellence on the Indian Ocean Rim, which includes 14 of the world’s 72 Commonwealth countries,” Mr Waldron said.
“This trip is a search for information, expertise and knowledge, and an opportunity for the Sri Lankans to see how we go about achieving the successes we do in sport from such a small population base.”
The delegation arrived on May 2 for a self-funded visit, which includes training sessions, matches against WA school and community teams and exposure to the facilities at the
Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS).
In the 2012-13 State Budget $31.73million was allocated for the building of a new High Performance Service Centre for WAIS at Challenge Stadium. The State Government
has also committed to building a new State Netball Centre.
“The new WAIS facility and netball program bring the State’s current investment in WA’s community and elite netballers to more than $50million,” the Minister said.
“We have a sport and recreation system in WA that is admired and that other countries want to replicate - that’s what brings delegations such as the Sri Lankan team here.
“The new WAIS facility will improve the performance of our athletes in international competition and keep WA at the forefront of world-class performance.”
Find out what netball’s like in Sri Lanka according to the head coach at the Australian Institute of Sport and consultant to Sri Lankan netball Sue Gaudion: http://www.netballscoop.com/2012/02/sue-gaudion-sri-lanka/