Western Desert children show real talent with Softball WA visit in February

Ngurra Kujungka and Softball WA have teamed up to offer another sporting opportunity to communities in the Western Desert.

Softball WA Development Officer Luci Powell, together with Ngurra Kujungka’s Indigenous Sport Development Officers Callan Hatchman and Mike McMonigal, travelled to Nullagine, Jigalong and Newman as part of Ngurra Kujungka’s Multi-Sports Program, which is proudly sponsored by Newcrest Mining and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

On their first stop, the team met Nullagine’s newly-appointed Martu Recreation Officers Larissa Booth and Lloyd Patch, and an enthusiastic group of children.

Luci Powell conducted a coaching session for Larissa and Lloyd, and the children at the local Gallop Hall on the fundamentals and rules of softball. The group then put into practice their new knowledge with some side throwing and fielding exercises, and a few fun games of softball. A community BBQ wrapped up the evening, with Larissa and Lloyd preparing an excellent fare for all the community members who attended.

The following morning, a softball skills session for students aged 5 to 15 years from the Nullagine School, impressed Luci, “The students’ positive attitude and enthusiasm made it easy to deliver the program and everyone had fun participating,” she said.

The team then travelled to Jigalong, where they delivered softball sessions to students at the school and worked closely with Tracye Sykes, Jigalong Remote Pool Manager from Royal Lifesaving to enjoy a relaxing community BBQ poolside later in the day.

The final stop was Parnpajinya and Newman. The sessions with Newman Senior High School students were highly successful, with all Year 7 students participating in a morning introductory softball session of side throwing and fielding skills, followed by a game.

Luci, Callan and Mike were also fortunate to deliver one final softball session: to a special Martu class of Newman SHS students. Luci was particularly impressed with how quickly the students developed their skills in just one hour.

Ngurra Kujungka thanks Luci Powell for her valuable time and effort in delivering the softball sessions in typically hot Pilbara conditions, and also again thanks Softball WA for helping promote the exciting sport of softball to the Western Desert.

The Ngurra Kujungka Multi-Sports Program could not be delivered without the support of Newcrest Mining and the Department of Sport and Recreation, and the Martu communities of the Western Desert.

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