The Uganda Netball She Cranes were led by captain Peace Proscovia as the side honoured the history, the present and the future of World Netball in a Candle Lighting Ceremony in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday.
Netball World Cup Sydney 2015 (NWC2015) teams gathered at Luna Park to mark the official opening of the sport’s pinnacle event ahead of Friday 7 August’s opening games at Sydney Olympic Park.
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The highly-respected Candle Lighting Ceremony is a sacred tradition of the Netball World Cup that allows players and officials to honour the history, the present and the future of the sport before they take to the court to compete for the ultimate prize – the World Cup.
The special event dates back to the first official World Cup held in Eastbourne, England, in 1963 where it was first held.
Peace Proscovia, Captain Uganda Netball She Cranes, Photo Credits: Netball World Cup Facebook Page
The evening had Captain Peace Proscovia take to the podium as captain of team Uganda, joining other captains from other participating teams to light the candles in a symbol of friendship and goodwill, committing to honour the spirit of the game.
Earlier in the day, the She Cranes Netball team registered their first win in a build up, after defeating Singapore 39-18.
The encouraging result came in the wake of their first loss, 67-46 at the hands of New Zealand in the opening build up game played on Sunday, just hours after the team arrived in Sydney for the games.
Uganda, currently ranked number three on the African continent kick starts the World Cup journey with a date against fellow African nation, Zambia on Friday before playing Fiji and Wales in the subsequent days.
She Cranes Full squad in Australia:
Shooters: Peace Proscovia (Captain) (Loughborough Lightnening, England), Amono Florance (Prisons), Nanyonga Racheal (NIC),Oyella Stella (NIC).
Midfielders: Apako Harriet (Police) Nakachwa Halima (Prisons),Meeme Ruth (NIC), Achan Jesca (Prisons).
Defenders: Ajio Lillian (Prisons), Nanyonga Florence (Prisons) Namukasa Betty (NIC) and Nanteza Sempala Alice (NIC).
Coach: Rashid Mubiru