started this petition to
Netball New Zealand
Laura Langman first represented her country
in 2005 as a teenager. She has been a loyal servant to NZ netball ever since
playing 141 consecutive test matches.
In 2016 Netball NZ, at the cessation of the
trans-tasman ANZ Championship, made a policy that made any players not
competing in the NZ competition ineligible for National Selection.
Laura, at the time, was already playing for
the NSW Swifts. Her decision to play in the Australian Domestic Competition in
2015, at the time, allowed her to develop her game, as well as still represent
her country. Sadly in 2016, she was denied the opportunity to trial for NZ due
to Netball NZs new policy, demanding all players compete in the NZ domestic
It was not like Laura defied the ruling and
went anyway. She was already playing in Australia.
We know of many sports that allow athletes
to compete overseas and come back and play for their countries. Elite athletes who are fortunate enough to compete in the best leagues they possibly can.
We have Steven Adams in the NBA, many in Rugby League, football, cricket, to
name a few.
Understandably, if Netball NZ had the same
depth in its ranks as Rugby Union in NZ, then the ruling would make sense.
Unfortunately, Netball does not. The current netball league is showing a major
disparity in depth and coaching throughout the NZ Regions with massive blow
outs in scores.
Getting back to Laura. There is not a more
humble, deserving person than her. Having played 141 consecutive tests, being
such a faithful servant to netball in NZ , she deserves better. She wants to
represent her country. She wants to continue to develop her game and is currently
competing in arguably the best netball league in the world. Improving her game,
and consequently improving the people around her.
The ARU has a rule that allows a player to
compete overseas, and be eligible for National Selection, providing they have
played over 60 tests for their country. They
recognise that it is a better outcome for all involved, simply because they do
not have the player depth to impose a blanket rule on their athletes.
Laura is a person of energy and heart whom
seeks challenges and environments that she can add value to, to bring out the
best in others and herself.
She is already a NZ Netball GREAT, whether
she wears the black dress again or not. However, she is still undoubtedly good
enough to continue her international career.
She deserves better than that. She is NZs
Ritchie McCaw of Netball.
Help us to help her play again for NZ by
signing this petition to get Netball NZ to revisit their policy to allow our
Elite netballers with history in the black dress, to be able to have choices
about their development, and allow GREATS like Laura to retire in style, when she
is ready. She absolutely deserves that.
Posted: 4 May 2017 (Updated: 21 June 2017)