Netball is one of Australia’s most favoured team sports for women.
It has seen a lot of development in recent years and now not only includes a growing number of men, but also has seen a concerted push for gay and lesbian competitors.
The Surry Hills Netball Club, which was started in 2002, is one of the many gay and lesbian netball clubs around the country, and one that encourages people of all sexualities to join in the game.
Club vice-president Tim Wotherspoon said everyone in the community was given an equal opportunity to participate in a welcoming team environment.
“We just ask anyone regardless of their experience,” he said. “People join and they start as beginners, but then they get a lot better as time goes by.
“People who haven’t played before come and play their first game and then always end up coming back for more.”
Surry Hills Netball Club also falls under the umbrella of Team Sydney, a sporting body that actively looks for ways of promoting Sydney’s gay and lesbian sports organisations and competitors.
The netball club has mixed teams as well as two male teams. They play on Tuesdays and Sundays at Sydney University and Thursdays at Moore Park.
They also have regular social events to ensure a healthy mix of sport and fun.
Visit www.shnc.org.au.

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