After months of rising early for netball training before Parliament whilst in Wellington, MP Maureen Pugh has been proud to be part of the Parly Ferns who have taken out the gold medal at the Inaugural Parliamentary Netball Day held at the Victoria Tower Gardens in London. England Netball hosted the event as part of their Biggest Summer of Netball campaign.
Co-Captain of the New Zealand side opposite Labour MP and former Silver Fern Louisa Wall, Maureen Pugh said winning the gold medal was just part of the connection with other Parliamentarians from around the world – “we all really shone the light on women’s sport by getting out there on the court to help empower both women and girls and inspire them to get active with the important message that anyone can get into active sport”. “After all, our team had players of all fitness levels, age and experience!” she said.
Other parliamentarians to make the trip included Hon Meka Whaitiri (Labour) and Hon Nikki Kaye (National’s spokesperson on Education).
While in the UK, the team also attended a Women and Equality Committee at Westminster and attended a reception at Australia House in London, whilst supporting the Parliamentary cricket team and the Silver Ferns at their matches. The trip was made possible with some help from The Parliamentary Sports Trust to fundraise, but the majority of the trip costs had to be met by them personally.