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Hooper elected to INF board at Congress in Botswana

New Zealand's Shirley Hooper has been elected as a director of the International Netball Federation (INF) at the organisation's Congress in Gaborone in Botswana.

Hooper replaces Octavia Gibson, who served in the role for two years and as the INF Americas regional director for eight.

"I am honoured and delighted to be elected to the INF Board," said Hooper.

"As a sisterhood of small and large netball nations, there is a strength in what we can achieve together.

"In fact, INF can only achieve what we need it to with all the collaboration of the entire family of netball."

Vice-president Sue Taylor also secured a further four-year term at the Congress, which took place prior to the start of the Netball World Youth Cup in the capital city.

INF President Molly Rhone congratulated the two officials on their election.

"Although netball is not yet an Olympic sport, it is an IOC recognised sport, and the INF works closely with the IOC to ensure best practice and promote netball and women’s sport," she said.

"We have earned a reputation for good governance, clean sport and strong safeguarding, and we are working to further develop our relationships with governing bodies across sport, including the World Anti-Doping Association, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Association of Recognised International Sports Federations and the IOC."

The INF Congress was also given updates on the 2019 World Cup in England and the youth equivalent in Fiji two years later.