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S’pore gets on board world netball

SINGAPORE — Former national captain Gaby Hochbaum, 40, will give Singapore a voice in how netball is governed globally with her appointment to the board of the International Netball Federation (INF) on Tuesday on a four-year term.

S’pore gets on board world netball

INF Board Regional Director, Asia Region, Gaby Hochbaum receiving the INF scarf from INF president Molly Rhone (left). Photo: Netball Singapore

SINGAPORE — Former national captain Gaby Hochbaum, 40, will give Singapore a voice in how netball is governed globally with her appointment to the board of the International Netball Federation (INF) on Tuesday on a four-year term.

The Netball Singapore honorary secretary was elected by the 20-member Asian Netball Federation last month to serve in the world body’s board, and this was ratified at the INF Congress in Sydney earlier this month.

Cyrus Medora, Netball Singapore’s chief executive officer, said Hochbaum’s election by the Asian member countries and elevation to the world body is an endorsement of Singapore’s contribution to the sport. “We’ve organised tournaments like the Netball World Cup and Nations Cup, and Gaby’s appointment is recognition of our organisational and administrative abilities,” he said. “It is a boost for netball in Singapore and Asia.”

The Republic has consistently been among the top three teams in the region, and last year won the Asian championships for the third time, after victories in 2005 and 2012.

They have also featured regularly in the World Cup since 1967 and finished 15th in the latest tournament that concluded in Sydney last week.

With more than 20 million playing the sport in more than 90 countries, netball is the most popular women’s team sport in the world.

But Hochbaum, the newly elected INF Board Regional Director, Asia Region, said there is still a lot of work to be done to get more women playing the sport.

“INF has made great strides in recent years, and our challenge is to continue to evolve and modernise netball in our ever-changing environment,” she said.

“Netball has achieved a much higher level of prominence, regionally and worldwide, in recent years through major events like the Netball World Cup, Fast5, and the SEA Games.

“INF will be working hard to get the sport more widely played while at the same time keeping our focus on the betterment of women through sports.”

As a regional leader in the sport Medora believes Hochbaum’s presence in the world body will give Singapore and Asia a voice in the development of netball worldwide.

“With Gaby on the board our input will also get a hearing in the international federation because what we do is not only for the growth of the sport in Singapore, but for netball overall,” he added. IAN DE COTTA

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