"I think it's really exciting and I think it's about time really."
That's what sprung to mind when Michelle George heard the news that netball was being considered as an Olympic sport for 2032.
George is the Orange Netball Association junior competition secretary as well the Hawks' president and believes the addition of the sport for the Brisbane games would be huge at a grassroots level.
"We have so many more junior kids wanting to play netball now in Orange that we've had to move our 8s and 9s to a Wednesday afternoon as we can't accommodate them on Saturdays because the competition has grown so much," she said.
"There's more and more kids that want to play netball at the moment. As a netball lover it's great to see the competition growing."
With the support of World Netball, Netball Australia declared its intent earlier this week to see the sport played on the world's biggest stage.
Netball has been a Commonwealth Games sport since 1998 and George thinks the time is right for it to make the leap.
"Our sport is one of the biggest growing sports for juniors across the country," she added.
"As it was shown in the World Cup this year, there are quite a few countries that are now competitive with Australia on that elite level, so I think it's really exciting."
With four daughters of her own, George has already seen the impact that the sport's stars can have on juniors.
"I know my girls and our club get very excited when we get to watch the elite players play, like when we've had the Suncorp Super Netball come out to Orange," she said.
"You just see their little faces light up. It's a great thing for the sport to get more coverage and I think it will just keep growing."
It doesn't hurt to have Orange products such as Giants Netball player Annie Miller mixing it with the best either.
"They get really excited to see someone who has grown up in Orange and played for the Orange rep teams playing at that elite level, the juniors just get really excited for it," George said.
But before Brisbane will have its chance to shine, Sydney will welcome the world's best netballers in 2027, having won a bid to host the Netball World Cup.
The event will see 16 national teams battle for the title of world champion and will coincide with Australian netball's centenary celebrations.
Netball Australia said it will now work closely with World Netball, the Australian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee to make sure the sport takes its place under the five famous rings in Brisbane in 2032.
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