Netball is a life-changing sport for women with intellectual disabilities. Part 1 of our exclusive series looks at the state teams that compete in the Marie Little OAM Shield.
BY GEORGIA MUSOLINO
October in Brisbane is a time of adrenaline rushes and netball fever. It’s where elite teams will unite and battle for gold; the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been before. While the Constellation Cup is in town, for many it will take second place to the prestigious Marie Little OAM Shield, Australia’s national netball competition for women over 16 with an intellectual disability. These disabilities are of various types and levels, but often fall under the Autism Spectrum Disorder (which can range from Down syndrome to Asperger’s syndrome). Players with more physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, are also included.