Netballers inspire the next generation

Netballers inspire the next generation

Netballers inspire the next generation

Netballers inspire the next generation

By Meg Bolton

As day three of competition wrapped up, at least three young girls have decided they’re destined to don the green and gold in Commonwealth Games of the future.

Skye Linfoot, Elanor Hall and Maya Mcgowan watched on in awe last night, as Scotland came back from behind in tight game saw the Scots take the win 51-47 over Wales.

Skye Linfoot, a young local netball player said watching her idols inspires her to be better.

 “It’s a treat for us to come to the stadium and watch professional netballers play live with a whole crowd joining us,” Skye said.

“I love watching netball to know where positions are and where we should actually stand on court when we are playing.”


Skye’s mum, Natalie Linfoot, said for them, netball is a family affair.

 “Skye loves netball, her Nan is the manager of the team, she loves that the whole family is involved,” Natalie said.

“Being a part of a sport is very important, it’s really important to show children how to work with others.”

Like all good team mates, Elanor Hall stood by Skye making her love for netball known.

“Ever since I was five I always wanted to be a netball player, that’s what I’m going to be when I’m older,” she said.

“I love netball, I love watching it and playing it.”

Netball has been a Commonwealth Games sport for 20 years and as the only exclusively female sport, the revolution of girl power is strong.

Whilst the young netballers unanimously agreed girls and boys have equal abilities in sport they said girls were better at netball.

“We are all good, we are all the same but when it comes to netball, girls are definitely better because I feel like it’s a sport for girls and girls are born to play it,” Skye said.

Elanor said people often presume that boys are better at sport.

“Sometimes I find people say you’re good for a girl and I’m like everyone is the same, but maybe girls are better at netball,” Elanor said.

“Ive never been so interested in netball.”

Competition for Day four starts up again at 1pm when Jamaica takes on Northern Ireland.