The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has today confirmed the eight Commonwealth Games Associations (CGA) who will send teams to compete at the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games FAST5 netball competition.
The hosts, Trinidad & Tobago, were selected automatically and they will be joined by England, Australia, Botswana, Canada, South Africa, Scotland, and St Vincent & the Grenadines at the event taking place from the 4–11 August 2023, with the dates of the netball competition from the 8–10 August 2023.
This is the first time netball will feature in the Commonwealth Youth Games, which is for athletes aged 14-18, with the competition allowing for a broad range of countries to compete at an international event whilst providing an invaluable experience to the future stars of netball.
The FAST5 format, features multiple point shots, double point power plays, five players a side and shortened quarters creating an exciting spectator experience with the potential for unpredictable results.
Speaking on the exciting announcement, World Netball CEO Clare Briegal said: “Congratulations to all the Commonwealth Games Associations that have been selected to send a team to this exciting event.
“We can’t wait to see the next generation of athletes take to court and showcase the innovative FAST5 version of our game at the Commonwealth Youth Games for the first time.
“We know this will be an invaluable experience for all involved and a pinnacle event in the young athletes’ careers.”
CGF President Dame Louise Martin, added: “We are thrilled to unveil the nations competing in the team sports at Trinbago 2023.
“The Beach Volleyball, FAST5 Netball and Rugby Sevens competitions are set to be highly competitive, with nations from across the Commonwealth vying for gold.
“It will be an unforgettable, inspiring experience for the young athletes involved and an opportunity for fans to see the stars of the future.”
Entry for all team sports, including netball, was by invitation and the demand for places was once again high. Following applications by CGAs, the CGF, in full consultation with the respective International Federations, made the final selection based on criteria including host nation representation, past results, depth of field and strength of competition, and regional representation.
The Commonwealth Youth Games is an invaluable springboard for the stars and leaders of tomorrow, contributing to the further development of youth sport throughout the Commonwealth.
Trinbago 2023 will see more than 1,000 athletes and para athletes from the 72 nations and territories, participate in a total of seven sports – Aquatics (Swimming), Athletics and Para Athletics, Cycling (Road Race, Time Trial and Track) and Triathlon, as well as FAST5 Netball, Rugby Sevens and Beach Volleyball.