Netball inclusion and diversity champions recognised from around Australia

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NSW has claimed three awards in this morning’s announcement of the 2016 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards, in recognition for their work in creating more connected, inclusive and diverse netball communities.

Now in its third year, the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards celebrate individuals, clubs and associations in local communities who go above and beyond to ensure everyone, regardless of background or ability, is welcome in netball.

Arncliffe Scots Netball Club (St George District), Mandy Townsend (Cowra) and Karen Taylor (Sapphire Coast) were three of eight Clubs and Individuals who were named by Netball Australia.

“Netball NSW is thrilled for Arncliffe Scots Netball Club, Mandy Townsend and Karen Taylor for being included in the 2016 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards,” Netball NSW General Manager – Sports Development Nikki Horton said.

“We pride ourselves of being an inclusive sport for everyone, and Arncliffe Scots, Mandy and Karen have all epitomised that attitude in our community; whether that be embracing different cultures, engaging with remote areas, or developing All Abilities programs.

“On behalf of Netball NSW I’d like to once again congratulate Arncliffe Scots Netball Club, Mandy Townsend and Karen Taylor, as well as the five other Clubs and individuals from around Australia on their awards, and for being champions of the Australia Post One Netball Program.”

The following winners were announced today:

Tuggeranong Netball Association, Erindale, ACT – Association Award
For actions and activities to support the engagement of ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball community, and providing opportunities to celebrate and share cultural understanding and reconciliation.

Mandy Townsend, Canowindra, NSW – Individual Award
For the creation of a netball program to provide opportunities for 40 young girls in a remote area of Central West NSW, generating community connections for participants and their families.

Karen Taylor, Merimbula, NSW – Individual Award
For the development of an inclusive All Abilities netball program for players with intellectual disabilities on NSW’s Far South Coast.

Mariella Teuira, Glenroy, VIC – Individual Award
For the creation of the Itiki Sporting Club in Melbourne’s north, providing opportunities for young people from multicultural backgrounds and youth at risk to engage in netball in a positive, supportive environment.

Arncliffe Scots Netball Club, Arncliffe, NSW – Club Award
For the development of a safe and inclusive environment for Muslim women and girls to participate in netball, resulting in increased participation and engagement from the community.

Christine Glenne, Andrews Farm, SA – Individual Award
For the creation of an inclusive netball club open to everyone, regardless of age, background or ability, with a focus on increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls to participate.

Cairns Netball Association, Manunda, QLD – Association Award
For the development of a netball carnival and pathway program to provide opportunities and positive life experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and women in Far North Queensland.

Adelaide Metro Netball Division, Mile End South, SA – Association Award
For the establishment of a netball division in their association competition, catering for women and girls with an intellectual disability since 1982.

Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, Melbourne Vixens player and Awards judging panel member, Geva Mentor, said she was very impressed with the standard and quality of nominations all round.

“It’s always so inspiring to hear new stories of individuals, clubs and associations who go out of their way to ensure that netball is for everyone. It’s encouraging to see that there are many inclusion champions out there who harness the power of netball to bring people together, regardless of their background or ability,” said Mentor.

Australia Post Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett, said Australia Post is passionate about building positive, inclusive and welcoming communities and want to celebrate those who help make this happen.

“We applaud all eight winners and congratulate them for their tremendous effort and for contributing positively in their local community. Our 2016 winners all play a vital role in our society in helping to create a more inclusive Australia.”

As part of the prize, winners will receive a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador to their club, Australia Post Load&Go Visa Prepaid Gift Cards for their netball club or association and a netball signed by the 2016 Australian Diamonds team.

Australia Post is the Community Inclusion and Diversity Partner of Netball Australia and the upcoming 2016 Netball Quad Series. Australia Post and Netball Australia have partnered to deliver the Australia Post One Netball Program (One Netball), which aims to engage the growing and changing Australian community with our game with the message that everyone, regardless of background or ability, is welcome.

For more information or to learn more about One Netball, visit www.onenetball.org.au.