The Netball Youth World Cup (NYWC) Local Organising Committee (LOC) this morning kick-started the National Trophy Tour at the Botswana Netball Association (BONA) courts in Gaborone. The national trophy tour is expected to take nine days from today prior to the tournament’s official opening on July 8th.
The NYWC2017 popularised by the #Reabatsaa hashtag will see the organisers engaging on a replica trophy tour accompanied by the games’ bubbly mascot dubbed ‘Naletsana’. When officiating at the start of the tour this morning, NYWC General Manager, Tebogo Kelapile said they are ready to host the world next month and pleaded with Batswana to extend their outmost support especially that this is the first ever netball youth world cup to be staged in the home soil.
For her part, BONA President Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego expressed nothing but delight regarding the country wide trophy tour. “The objective of this tour is to get as many Batswana to be part of the games as possible. Currently we have been engaging with schools in the perimeters of Gaborone through our mascot but we still saw the need to take it to more people around the country.
Had it been for us, we would have loved to take the trophy to every village where each of our players come from. I’m also informed that the 12 member Botswana netball team will join the trophy tour in Francistown,” said Lebotse-Sebego.
Former netball player, Samantha Mbakile has been selected as the trophy tour ambassador and she will be actively involved in all the activations. Batswana have been encouraged to buy tickets to the games to rally behind Team Botswana. The inaugural Netball World Youth Cup will be held in Gaborone, Botswana beginning July 8, with twenty countries competing from all of the International Netball Federation’s (INF) five regions, following qualifying rounds.
Previously known as the World Youth Netball Championships, the event has been held every four years since 1988. The last Championships was held in 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, and was won by New Zealand. Botswana makes it a first for Africa by hosting the inaugural NYWC 2017. Australia won the bid four times while New Zealand hosted the cup three times, and this year sees Africa, particularly Botswana shining.
Trophy tour villages and dates