Former Malawi Queens attacker Mary Waya has revealed plans to use her role as World Netball’s ‘Heart Ambassador’ to persuade girls to go to school and take up the sport.
Waya was among five internationals that were named ambassadors following the rebranding of World Netball from International Netball Federation (INF).
The legendary Queens player said netball can be used as a platform for influencing girls to take education seriously.
“My goal for 2022 is to help more girls in Malawi get an education so that they can socialise, start business and gain knowledge whilst taking part in netball,” she said.
To achieve this, Waya said she would be holding clinics and bonanza events through support from World Netball and well-wishers.
“I will be equipping girls with netball basics to understand the sport. At the same time, I will be encouraging them to concentrate on their studies to be self-reliant in future. It is my appeal that well-wishers will join World Netball to ensure that I successfully run the project,” Waya said.
Recently, World Netball President Liz Nicholl spoke highly of Waya when she was unveiled as one of the body’s ambassadors.
“Mary is a role model for millions in Africa through her legacy as an international netballer, coach and entrepreneur. Her vision to inspire and motivate young women and girls to become confident women through her foundation demonstrates why Mary is the perfect ambassador to represent our ‘Heart’ value,” she told the association’s website.