In a tradition that dates back to the first World Cup in 1963, the candle lighting ceremony is a poignant moment of reflection before the battle on the court begins.
Captains from every competing nation are invited to light a candle in recognition of friendship, goodwill and a commitment to honour the spirit of netball.
As time has gone on, the candle-lighting ceremony has become a symbol for international netball to celebrate the worldwide impact of the sport. It has become a light that represents the history and the camaraderie of netball in the midst of fierce competition.
The ceremony was the first time players of the 1963 World Cup had stood in front of their international peers. The candles were lit whilst players pledged to play in the spirit of fair play.
Joyce Brown, Captain of the 1963 Australia team said of the tradition; “teams met in friendship and goodwill. For many it was the first chance to see and meet other international players.”
Last night captains of the 2019 Vitality World Cup met at Liverpool’s iconic St George’s Hall to make their pledge and light their candle.