The 2018 Smarter than Smoking Association Championships is just under three weeks away, with the event being held at the State Netball Centre and Perth Netball Association from June 2 – June 4.
Held annually since the 1950’s, the Championships have grown into the largest and most prestigious event hosted by the governing body, with the 2018 edition set to welcome almost 270 teams from nearly 40 Associations across the State.
International teams from Singapore will also participate as well as representatives competing in the ‘No Limits’ Division for athletes with an intellectual disability.
In a historical moment for the Championships, this year will see the launch of men’s and boy’s competition.
Netball WA CEO, Simon Taylor, described the Smarter than Smoking Association Championships as a tremendous opportunity to bring the Western Australian netballing community together.
“These Championships are always a highlight on the Netball WA calendar, and I know the players enjoy representing their respective Associations, it’s a real honour for them,” Taylor said.
“The coaches, officials and volunteers always cherish the event and it’s fantastic to see how much pride they take in wearing the colours”
“To see this event, grow from where it was to where it is now, with players from international teams and inclusion pathways is fantastic, and it’s just another indication of how firmly cemented netball is in West Australian sporting culture.”
More than 13,000 people are expected to pass through the gates of the State Netball Centre and Wembley Sports Park throughout the event.
The Opening Ceremony will be held on Saturday June 2 at Perth Arena prior to the start of the West Coast Fever’s Round 6 match against the Giants, with all participants receiving a ticket to the game.
Fans and spectators at the Championships are also set to benefit, with a range of activations on offer, including the new Kleenheat Chill Out Zone.
For the latest information on the Championships, which are again supported by Healthway, promoting the Smarter than Smoking message, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, visit the event’s dedicated online hub here.