Office of Sport worked with Orange United Sports Club, Orange Netball Association (ONA) and Netball NSW to successfully host the first Indigenous Round of Netball in Orange on Saturday, 24 August.
ONA has a strong representation of Indigenous players with 44 senior and 78 juniors. Numbers have grown significantly over the past three years thanks to Orange United Sports Club’s recruitment strategy which targets Aboriginal girls and ladies.
The ONA Committee had considered an Indigenous round for a number of years and with the support of Netball NSW Regional Development and Pathways Manager, Mardi Aplin, were able to bring it to fruition this year.
ONA Committee member and female Aboriginal netball player, Danielle Annesley, said “it was a natural progression to follow in the footsteps of AFL and NRL in celebrating the outstanding contributions and achievements of Aboriginal women within the sport at all levels.”
To celebrate the round, Indigenous themed balls and bibs were designed along with speeches and face painting.
“The day was a huge success and planning is already under way for next year’s Indigenous round,” Ms Annesley said.