Netball Alberta has set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Game of Netball lasting 61 hours. The record attempt, an endurance ‘marathon of netball’, was played from 5:30PM Friday 16th September, around the clock for two and a half days through to 6:30AM Monday 19th September, at the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex (S.E. Calgary).
The grueling feat was completed by two teams of 12 players, who remained court-side for the duration of the challenge. Teams consisted of members from Netball Alberta along with a number of celebrity and guest players:
Megan Aldewinckle, Sarah Badr, Buzz Bishop, Aleasha Bremner, Scott Cable, Sarah Courtney, Caroline Csak, Pete Estabrook, Clarissa Givens, Lawrence Mafuru, Marc Morin, Waireka Morris, Madison Milne-Ives, Martin Parnell, Jai Pravitesh Narayan, Pamela Reid, Christopher Rodda, Andrea Seels, Christina Smith, Lindsay Stephens, Aimee Tannahill, Janine Tannahill, Danielle Williams, Emma Wilton.
In addition to acquiring a coveted Guinness World Record, Parnell and Netball Alberta raised over $20,000 for global children's charity Right To Play. More far-reaching and impacting than the boasting rights of a World Record will be the effect of the money raised by the attempt, as with every $50 raised one child will be able to experience Right To Play’s weekly sport and play–based programs for a year.
The previous Guinness record for the longest netball match was 60hr 00min 00sec., set in August 2010 by two teams in the UK.
In 2010 Parnell successfully undertook ‘Marathon Quest 250’ running 250 marathons in one year to raise money for Right To Play. The Cochrane based, semi-retired mining engineer clocked up a total distance of 10,550km last year by running 42.2 kilometres five times a week, wearing out 25 pairs of running shoes in the process and raising over $300,000 for the humanitarian organization.
‘Netball Quest 61’ was the second quest event (first team event) in Parnell's Quests for Kids series undertaking a variety of endurance sports to raise funds and awareness for Right To Play.
“The focus of the Quest Series is to promote sports that kids can play both at school and in the community, so working with Netball Alberta for the Guinness World Record attempt is a natural fit as the sport teaches children important skills including ball work, communication and teamwork”, states Parnell. Netball Alberta runs a number of indoor and outdoor leagues and tournaments throughout the year suitable for all ages and skill levels and conducts school clinics throughout the province.
To read more about the Quests for Kids Series visit: http://quests.martinparnell.com