World Netball Championships Host Venue Announced
NNZ Board Chair Don Mackinnon said while both Auckland and Christchurch provided compelling cases to host the World Netball Championships, Auckland’s offer was the preferred option for the Championships to be held in November. “We’re grateful to the Venues who worked with their City Councils and Netball communities in preparing these offers, and congratulate Auckland on their successful proposal”, Mackinnon said.
IFNA President Molly Rhone said Netball New Zealand’s capability and willingness to finalise the dates and venue so quickly is a major benefit not only for the event organisation but also allowing the competing teams maximum preparation time for the championships.
“IFNA would like to thank both Auckland and Christchurch for their offers and welcome Auckland as the new host of 12th World Netball Championships in New Zealand,” Rhone said.
NNZ Board Chair Don Mackinnon says while Netball New Zealand is already working through early plans for the World Netball Championships, a separate organisation will be formed to prepare for the event.
“Running a world class event in a compressed timeframe will be a challenge, but with the support of the Auckland community, we know that New Zealand will be able to host an excellent World Netball Championships,” Mackinnon said.
“We are looking forward to hosting the World’s top Netball countries for great competition in this pinnacle event in Netball.”