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Netball

This page draws together netball related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold onto it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long.


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Netball News ans Stories


October 24, 2014 | Africa: Nigeria

Reaching for the stars

By Jude Padfield

My story starts in the year 2002, the year my parents found out I had a severe mental disability. I always found sports difficult until I discovered the sport of netball. I was able to play this sport well and enjoyed it a lot.View Story My story starts in the year 2002, the year my parents found out I had a severe mental disability. As a result of this, I have always found sports more difficult, until when I reached the age of 11, I discovered the sport of netball. I was able to play this sport well and enjoyed it a lot. I was told I was very good and I wanted to try for the Olympics and then I found this.

About Jude Padfield:I am a boy and am 15 years old
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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April 24, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Warm-hearted and Multi-Talented Mother Coordinating the Free State

By Mmane Boikanyo

Tintswalo in action at a Healthy Athletes Screening

The Special Olympics South Africa family would like to welcome Tintswalo as the new Free State Provincial Coordinator. A sports fanatic at heart Tintswalo not only volunteers at Special Olympics but is also a full time Physiotherapist at Boitumelong Special School.View Story The Special Olympics South Africa family would like to welcome Tintswalo as the new Free State Provincial Coordinator. A sports fanatic at heart Tintswalo not only volunteers at Special Olympics but is also a full time Physiotherapist at Boitumelong Special School, a Netball player for the SABC Netball team and a Physiotherapist for the Free State Netball team. Tintswalo’s journey with Special Olympics South Africa began in 2012 when she was randomly selected to participate in a coaches training. She could immediately relate to the Special Olympics movement because the organisation speaks to where her heart lies, Sports and opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities. Not only is she a provincial coordinator she’s also a Funfitness Clinical Director in the Free State. “In 2013 I attended a Healthy Athletes screening for the first time in Bloemfontein and realised that physiotherapy is also a part of Healthy Athletes, I was so impressed and knew I had to be part of it.” Her love for Neurological Rehabilitation and Sports inspired her to get actively involved in the movement. “I love it when I know that the Rehabilitation I do with the young Athletes will benefit them when they perform sports in their own category and they can win, as every athlete is a winner. I am fascinated and impressed by the mission and vision of Special Olympics and support it whole-heartedly. Viva SOSA!” said the passionate Provincial Coordinator. When asked about what she’d like to achieve in her new role, the wife and mother of three said: “I would like to reach out to other Special Schools, clubs or institutions and Parents with Athletes and make sure they know what Special Olympics is all about and also want to be part of it.” She also wants to introduce Special Olympics to the Department of Education, Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Health and to the office of the Premier and have coordinators in all the 5 districts in the Province. The future of the Free

About Mmane Boikanyo:Marketing and Communications Officer at Special Olympics South Africa.
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