Netballers join the Big Freeze

CHARITY: The Under 15 Port Augusta Combined team donned 'Big Freeze 4' beanies to help fight Motor Neurone Disease. 
(Back) Coach Bianca Broadwood, Maia Scharenberg, Gemma Broadwood, Lucy Janiak, Elle Henderson, Manager Sherrie Hall, (Front) Teraleyha Coulthard, Ebony Butler, Shalana Cox, Jayde Finlay and Shaniqwa Stuart.
CHARITY: The Under 15 Port Augusta Combined team donned 'Big Freeze 4' beanies to help fight Motor Neurone Disease. (Back) Coach Bianca Broadwood, Maia Scharenberg, Gemma Broadwood, Lucy Janiak, Elle Henderson, Manager Sherrie Hall, (Front) Teraleyha Coulthard, Ebony Butler, Shalana Cox, Jayde Finlay and Shaniqwa Stuart.

They burned up the netball court over the weekend, taking out the Under 15 Division 2 Grand Final at the 2018 Country Championships. 

But when they weren’t setting fire to the court, the girls were freezing. Quite literally, as they took part in Neale Daniher’s ‘Big Freeze 4’ to help fight Motor Neurone Disease.

Raising $300 between them, Port Augusta’s Under 15s took the challenge in their stride.

Coach Bianca Broadwood was approached by player and daughter Gemma Broadwood a few weeks ago about taking part in the nation wide initiative.

“A close family friend of ours died of Motor Neurone around this time last year,” Mrs Broadwood explained. 

“Gemma came to me and asked if she could do it and then she went and asked all the girls. My husband and I bought them the beanies and they contributed more money to raise some funds.”

The Under 17 team provided 'support', pouring the ice over their younger teammates.

The Under 17 team provided 'support', pouring the ice over their younger teammates.

After a big day of back-to-back games at the carnival, the girls returned to their hotel room for the famous ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ with the support of their Under 17 counterparts. 

“The 17s were very enthusiastic about pouring the water on the girls,” Mrs Broadwood joked.

“I’m just really proud of them because they did it all off their own backs.

“They were all really good, they took it all on board and just went with it. It was excellent and all the parents were on board too which was great.”

So far the Big Freeze 4 has raised a total of $6,114,412 as the crusade to find a treatment and cure for Motor Nueurone Disease continues.