Firebird wants Bundy kids in bibs

NETBALL: Queensland Firebirds campaigner Ameliaranne Wells has invited young women around the Bundaberg region to get involved with netball.

As the sign-on day for local netballers approaches, the former Across The Waves Gold player has encouraged prospective players to try their hand at the sport.

"I love playing netball, it is a fun way to get fit and healthy and meet life-long friends," she said.

"It's a sport that has a whole lot to offer, from the social side of it through to fitness and developing hand-eye co-ordination."

Just a few short years ago, Wells spent her weekends playing with the Bundaberg Netball Association.

Now she spends her weekends playing with and against the nation's top netballers.

In 2011, as a 20-year-old, Wells was recruited to play her debut year with the Firebirds and was an integral part of the team's historic undefeated season.

She is back to help the Firebirds defend their title.

"I started playing netball in 2004 when I was 13," she said.

"When I signed up, I never knew that I would wind up playing with the Mission Queensland Firebirds."

Growing up in regional Queensland, Wells never dared to dream she would one day play netball with Queensland's premier team.

But through her involvement with her local netball association, she was able to develop her skills as a player through Netball Queensland's Player Development Pathways, which ultimately led to her recruitment with the Firebirds.

"It's never too late to join the team and start playing netball," Wells said.

"You never know by signing up today, you could be signing on for a future career in the sport and be the next Mission Queensland Firebird."

Bundaberg Netball Association president Karen Holloway said new members were always welcome.

"It's a sport that encourages players to get to know each other and play in a team environment," she said.

"They don't need any prior knowledge because we teach them all the skills."

The two nipper sign-on days are on Saturday March 3, 9am to 11am, and Sunday, March 4, 2pm to 4pm.

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