Ever heard of netball? This was a sport
invented by Clara Gregory Baer in the United States in 1895, and as you can see,
is very similar to the game of basketball. Netball was born shortly after
basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891. James was teaching the boys
at the School for Christian Workers, a school that would later be known as the
YMCA, how to play this game he created – basketball. The women teachers wanted
their own version, and so Clara Baer created netball. Netball was different than
basketball in that the women’s uniforms at that time prevented them from
standard basketball moves like dribbling or running. Netball was the women’s
accommodation of basketball then. The other primary difference between netball
and traditional basketball is that netball is primarily played indoors, and is a
no contact sport. Netball is still played today. In many countries, including
the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies,
netball is the primary women’s team sport and is played by more than 20 million
people in 70 countries.
So what then is the longest netball marathon?
The Longest netball marathon lasted a total of 56
hours and was held at the Airborne Netball Club in Ashton Park School Hall in
Bristol, UK between May 26th and May 28th 2007.
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