It was always going to be a big celebration. The continent of Africa hosting its very first major global netball tournament and Botswana did them proud.
The curtain came down on the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup on Sunday in a spectacular display of traditional dancing and African music during an inspiring closing ceremony.
The tournament itself was a tremendous success with New Zealand edging out Australia 60-57 in a closely contested final.
England took home the bronze with a 70-35 victory over a Fiji side full of promise.
The most notable win though was reserved for the host nation.
The capital city of Gaborone exploded with joy when Botswana held on to seal a memorable 48-46 success against the might of Jamaica.
It was a truly international tournament with broadcasts by Botswana TV and live online streaming with QTVSports attracting a combined audience of over 2 million views.
Not only was it the first major international netball tournament in Africa but also the first major sporting event in the nation of Botswana.
It was a true celebration of netball and friendship reflected in the joy of the people of Botswana. The crowds were jubilant bringing smiles to all of the competing nations with their exuberant and incessant dancing in the stands!
The tournament involved 20 teams with 240 players competing over 70 matches at two venues; all joined in celebration as one Netball Family.
Next up on the international stage is the Commonwealth Games to be hosted in the Gold Coast in April 2018 before the baton is passed onto Liverpool 2019!