Rushmere Support for NI Senior Squad   22/02/2018

We are delighted to announce that Rushmere Shopping Centre are supporting our Senior Squad as they prepare to head to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in a few weeks time. Martin Walsh, Centre Manager at Rushmere has been impressed by the work ethic and success of the squad and issued this press release earlier this week.

'Following Northern Ireland’s national Netball team reaching the heady heights of 8th in the world rankings, they are en-route to this year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

In preparation for the 12-woman squad’s journey down under, Rushmere Shopping Centre is supporting the team with funding towards their travel of 10,000 miles across the world to participate in the games.

To drum up home support and bring the pace and energy of netball to the shoppers of Rushmere,  some of the team will be in the centre on Saturday 10th March , allowing shoppers the opportunity to meet the team and take part in a “crazy catch” challenge.

Geoff Wilson, Chair of  NI Netball said:

“We are excited to be travelling to Australia in the coming weeks to compete at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. We are thankful for the support and funding from Rushmere Shopping Centre in helping towards the costs of our athletes attending the Games. The team set off on their adventure to Australia in only a matter of weeks, taking part in a 1 week training camp in Tasmania where they will make their final preparations for the Games. Here we will have the opportunity to acclimatise and fine tune our performance by competing against the high quality oppositions of the Tasmanian netball community.”

After successfully qualifying for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool this January, the energic team are now focusing on securing a top 8 finish in Oz. 

At the recent Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at The Waterfront Hall, Netball scooped a whooping four awards. Winners included Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the year for Lisa Bowman and a special recognition award for the NI senior Captain Caroline O’Hanlon.'