Sport

Running for a cause

By Daniel Hughes

Local netballers will be keeping fit for a cause in May while the season status for clubs remains unknown.

A group of 11 Finley Cats netballers will be taking on The May 50k challenge to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.

Shania Bentley, Lauren Yeo, Elle Christian, Theodora Miaoudis, Kirsty Clarke, Kylie Wooden, Karen Donkin, Sasha Wood, Elyse Price, Abbey Breust and Maicie Close will all run or walk 50km this month.

Bentley first decided to take on the challenge and was prepared to go it alone.

She asked her teammates and the numbers quickly accumulated to 11.

“I saw the event advertised and decided to jump on board,” she said.

“I reached out to the girls in the netball club to see whether anyone else was interested in participating, hoping to create a power in numbers approach when it came to the fundraising side of things.

“Given that currently we are unable to train or play netball, it was also an opportunity where we could participate in something as a team, while working towards our goals individually, all while raising money for a worthy cause.

“Luckily it really took no convincing and so many ladies were quick to jump on board.”

Team members are able to take on the challenge with different tactics, just as long as they reach the 50km mark in May.

“I have a daily goal to run/walk/ride everyday. I am still aiming to run 50km throughout May and any extra exercise (walking or riding) will purely be extra,” Bentley said.

“I don’t want to push myself too hard and cause injury so everyday a small doable distance will all add up.”

Bentley said Finley turns to sport as an important asset to socialise and keep fit.

She said simply getting outside with a team challenge like this, will benefit her teammates as well as those suffering from multiple sclerosis.

“Coming from a small town, sport plays a huge part in our community and we believe we rely on it for not only our physical health, but also our mental health,” Bentley said.

“Unfortunately due to isolation, we don't have the opportunity to reap the benefits we normally would from simply being able to train, play, socialise with and support our sporting teams.

“Therefore it is important that we are making the effort to get outside and doing our own individual thing in order to get fresh air, stay healthy and help us all cope mentally with these crazy times.”

While the challenge has already started it's not too late to join in.

Anyone interested in joining the team can message Bentley on 0448 179 763.

The Finley Netball Club team is hoping to raise more than $2000 for MS Research Australia.

The netballers are already on target, having raised $1566 when the Southern Riverina News went to print yesterday.

If you would like to donate to the cause visit https://www.themay50k.org/fundraisers/finleynetballclub.