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Federal Member for Gippsland and proud netball dad Darren Chester has met Australian Netball Diamonds superstars ahead of their tilt at World Cup Glory in 2015.

Mr Chester and Gippsland Senator Bridget McKenzie were among the attendees at the Parliamentary Friends of Netball launch in Canberra today, which brought together politicians from both sides of the political divide to show their support for Australian netball.

“Netball is one of the largest participation sports in Gippsland and plays a vital role in encouraging people to keep active and healthy,” Mr Chester.

“My daughters have both grown up playing netball and the sport is a great way to make friends and learn about the importance of teamwork and fair play.

“The Parliamentary Friends of Netball will help ensure the sport maintains a high profile among political leaders, so it can continue to receive the government and corporate support it deserves.”

Australia will host the Netball Word Cup from August 7-16 next time, the first time on home soil since 1991.

The Diamonds have won 10 World Cup titles, the most of any nation. They are also on a 19-game winning streak.

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