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Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 (NWC2015) teams gathered at Luna Park this evening, to mark the beginning of the sport’s pinnacle event, which begins on Friday 7 August at Sydney Olympic Park.
In a World Cup tradition dating back to the first official World Cup held in Eastbourne, England, in 1963, NWC2015 players gather to light candles in a symbol of friendship and goodwill, committing to honour the spirit of the game.
The much-respected Candle Lighting Ceremony is a sacred tradition of the Netball World Cup. It gives players and officials the opportunity to honour the history, the present and the future of the sport before they take to the court to compete for the ultimate prize – the World Cup.
The ceremony has become a symbol for international netball, celebrating the worldwide impact of the sport.
NWC2015 Chief Executive, Marne Fechner, said the Local Organising Committee was excited to be hosting the Netball World Cup in Australia for the first time in 24 years.
“We are thrilled to host the International Netball Federation’s (INF) pinnacle event.
“I have no doubt that the competition is going to be the best it’s ever been and I wish you all the best in the days to come,” she told the 16 nations in attendance.
Meanwhile INF President, Molly Rhone, told the congregation that NWC2015 would be just another example of how netball can change women’s lives.
“I’m excited for all the players who are embarking on what is going to be a magical experience over the next 10 days.
“Netball is growing; winning friends and changing lives. There is no better way to celebrate that success story than this 10 days of brilliant competition.”
The 14th edition of the Netball World Cup will begin on Friday 7 August at Sydney Olympic Park, concluding on Sunday 16 August.
Netball World Cup matches confirmed on Sky Sports so far are as follows:
7th August MATCH START TIME
England v Scotland 5.50am
New Zealand v Barbados 7.50am
Australia v Trinidad & Tobago 12:05pm
Barbados v Australia 6.20am
England v Jamaica 8.20am
Sri Lanka v Malawi 10.20am
Australia v New Zealand 5.20am
England v Samoa 7.20am
Sri Lanka v Malawi 9.20am
Zambia v Fiji 6.20am
Uganda v Wales 8.20am
Scotland v Jamaica 9.20am
11th, 12th, 13th & 14th August
Qualification matches T.B.C. Follow @SkyNetball for details.
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photos Janos Schmidt