Netball NSW supports NAIDOC Week

This week marks the celebration of NAIDOC – a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and pay respects to elders both past and present. Netball NSW would like to take this opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make within our sport and also continue our commitment to the Indigenous community.

NAIDOC – standing for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ – is now celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life throughout the week.

Netball NSW will be supporting and hosting a variety of events and clinics throughout the week, including the PCYC Nations of Origin Netball Tournament 2017 at Raymond Terrace Netball Courts on Tuesday 11 July with special guest Australia Post One Netball Ambassador Sonia Mkoloma.

Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which culminates during NAIDOC week annually and has four main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport.

Cultural identity is a focal point of the project with all teams representing their community under their traditional local Aboriginal nation name from their area, with uniforms adorned with totems of their Aboriginal nation. This provides an opportunity for non-Aboriginal young people to learn about their local Aboriginal culture and foster relationships and understanding between local cultures.

Netball NSW will also be supporting the following Indigenous events within the community:

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) NAIDOC Family & Sports Day
Friday 7 July, 12pm – 6pm
180 George St, Redfern NSW
A signature of NAIDOC Week, this event has been running for more than 20 years and includes performances by local artists, kids activities, clinics and competitions, plus a free BBQ.
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Indigenous High Performance Camp
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July
Australian Institute of Sport, ACT
For the first time, Netball Australia will be hosting an indigenous netball camp for talented young athletes who will receive mentoring from former Australian Diamonds representatives Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM and Sharon Finnan-White OAM, as well as National Head Coach Lisa Alexander.
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Jarjum NAIDOC Sports Day
Wednesday 5 July, 10:30am – 2pm
Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina NSW
There will be a range of activities and games for children aged 4 to 14 years old to enjoy, including AFL, hockey and netball, as well as traditional games.
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Netball NSW aims to create more netball participation opportunities for Indigenous Australians by establishing partnerships with community groups. We view these opportunities to form partnerships as an ideal vehicle to design valuable components that will result in a healthy sport and healthy communities.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested to know more about Netball NSW’s Community Inclusion programs and events, please visit netballnsw.com or contact Community Engagement Manager Sonia Gouveia on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours.

Netball NSW acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wangal people, where Netball NSW is based. We pay respect to their culture, history and Elders, past, present and future. Netball NSW is committed to reconciliation, within the netball community and beyond, for all Australians.