Celebrating Harmony Day

Today Netball NSW is proud to support Harmony Day 2014 – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home; from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world.

Netball is not only a great sport, but it promotes teamwork, positive communication, good health and inclusiveness, all in a fun and safe environment!

Netball NSW’s Sport Development team have a number of great initiatives and programs within multicultural communities throughout NSW – from our SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning) Xtend program through to working with the AFL Indigenous Academy in Sydney’s West.

In 2014 Netball NSW has also expanded the Xtend program’s delivery and introduced six 90-minute workshops to participants, targeting girls predominately aged between 13 and 18 years old with the aim to encourage the participants to learn new skills that will assist them both on and off the court.

This weekend’s upcoming Round 4 of the ANZ Championship season will also see all five Australian franchises use their respective games as an opportunity to celebrate Harmony Day.

NSW Swifts goal shooter Carla Dziwoki is a Harmony Day 2014 Ambassador and joined some of her ANZ Championship opponents in helping to spread the Harmony Day message in the video below:

Orange is the chosen colour of Harmony Day and during Sunday’s game fans will notice the two teams will play with orange Gilbert netballs.  In addition, all NSW Swifts and Netball NSW staff, including the bench, will be wearing a Harmony Day ribbon to show our support for Harmony Day.

So make sure if you’re coming to cheer on the mighty Swifts this Sunday 23 March, bring a little bit of orange or pick up a Harmony Day ribbon upon entry and wear it with pride along with your NSW Swifts RED!

To find out more about Harmony Day, visit www.harmony.gov.au.