Women?s sports dress clings on

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THERE are often two vastly different opinions when it comes to women's clothing in sport.

One suggests female athletes should wear skimpier clothing to boost their sport's sex appeal and attract more spectators, while the other places importance on improving players' performance whether that means showing more skin or not.

However, Yaralla Netball representative Tracey Davis said there was value in both ideas and she did not mind introducing uniforms which improved performance and made the girls look good.

Her club recently introduced lycra body-suit dresses to the A grade side to improve the girls' mobility and the sport's appeal.

She said she wanted players to feel lighter and slimmer while playing, while also promoting to the younger ones that they could wear the uniforms when they reached the A grade.

'We wanted to be different, and it was a chance to promote A grade netball in Gladstone,' Tracey said.

Gladstone Hockey Association spokeswoman Julie Brodie agreed the lycra dresses helped mobility and movement, but said they were sometimes uncomfortable to wear.

"It's things like going to the toilet,' she said.

'Having to pull off the outfit and put it back on to a sweaty body can be quite difficult.'



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