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Olympic bronze medallist backs netball’s Brisbane inclusion

Collingwood Magpies coach and Olympic Bronze medallist Nicole Richardson is backing netball’s push for inclusion at the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.

All the way back in 1996, Richardson was picked to represent Australia at the 1996 Atlanta games in softball.

The side eventually claimed third place before Richardson’s focus turned to professional netball which led her to gold at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

She said the feeling of being in the event would be a truly humbling experienced for elite netballers.

“To go to the Olympics Games it is hard to put into words that feeling,” she said.

“Having experienced it, for the netball community and our elite players now to have the opportunity to represent their country in such an international, global event would be sensational.

“The feeling once you are there is amazing. Netball is still the biggest participation sport in Australia and I back those who fight will fight the fight to get netball on the Olympic Agenda.”

Richardson played seven seasons with the Melbourne Kestrels in the former Commonwealth Bank Trophy.

She was captain of the team from 2000 until her retirement from the sport in 2003.

She was West Coast Fever’s defensive specialist coach before joining Magpies in 2019 as an assistant before being promoted to coach.

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