Fun game for fitness

May 11, 2018

The unveiling of the new Lifeball banner at the groups fun and friendship day. Photo by Rene Martens -

The Benalla Indoor Recreation Centre is donning a new permanent banner, thanks to the Benalla Lifeball Group.

The unveiling of the banner took place on Monday at the group’s fun and friendship day, with other lifeball groups in the area joining in for some lifeball and a shared lunch.

The Benalla lifeball group was started through the University of the Third Age and is geared towards people who are retired and still want to stay active.

Benalla Lifeball group member Jan Pyers said the group was proud of the banner.

‘‘The banner is designed with the actual logo of lifeball which was created by a couple in Albury and is beginning to go all over the world,’’ Ms Pyers said.

‘‘The banner has five beautiful photographs of our members playing lifeball.

‘‘When you look at the banner the photos are in a round format like a basketball and they are linked by a bounce line, with the bounce line in the shape of an umbrella.

‘‘The actual design includes the lifeball logo and the U3A logo because we’re part of a lifeball group that’s spreading across Australia.

‘‘We went last year to a demonstration in Melbourne for people from all over the world who were excited to take it back to their own communities.’’

Lifeball was adapted from netball, however doesn’t permit running backwards, running or throwing the ball above shoulder height.

Ms Pyers said it was the perfect sport to protect from injury while still remaining active.

‘‘It’s a very good means of keeping older people physically active and mentally stimulated and all together an absolute fun thing to do,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s also very exciting for young people, they love to play it as well and a lot of the older people say we can beat them.’’

The Benalla lifeball group consist of around 30 members who play every Monday morning through winter.

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