WA Netball League hosts Belt Up round

Coastal Sharks players Olivia Lewis and Jess Penny with Insurance Commissioner secretary Kane Blackman
Coastal Sharks players Olivia Lewis and Jess Penny with Insurance Commissioner secretary Kane Blackman

COASTAL Sharks beat South East Demons 51-41 in the WA Netball League Belt Up round on Friday night that aims to increase public awareness of wearing seatbelts.

In other games, Perth Lions beat Rangers 49-48 and West Coast Warriors had a 76-53 win over Wheatbelt Flames.

Netball WA has hosted the Belt Up round with the Insurance Commission of WA for the past five years to deliver the Belt Up message to the 221,000 members of the WA netball community.

Netball WA chief executive Simon Taylor said the road safety message would reduce injuries and save lives.

“Our great game is played in every major town and city in Western Australia and we want to make sure those travelling never forget how important it is to belt up and travel safely,” Taylor said.

Insurance Commission secretary Kane Blackman said the Belt Up message was an important road safety message for Netball WA’s members.

“Young people continue to be over-represented in crash statistics and you are more likely to end up with more serious injuries or killed in a crash if you don’t have a seatbelt to stop you being propelled forward in a crash,” Blackman said.

“In the last five years, we have placed the Belt Up message directly into the hands of hundreds of thousands of Western Australian netballers, by providing over 26,000 branded netballs.”