Championship Indigenous match at Priceline Stadium in Adelaide.The ball will also be used in the game, televised live around Australia on Network Ten, FOX Sports and ONE HD (in Perth). It features the magenta handprint of King, the recognised ‘signature’ on all of her artworks which are shown in exhibitions around the world.
The artwork previously featured on the front cover of Netball Australia’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), launched late last year, and is created as a reflection of the Australian netball community in King’s eyes.
“The imagery shows the wide geographic environment people come from to become members of the Australian netball community,” King said.
“The connection begins from afar but, as the travelling lines show, small groups travel together to eventually merge with many others to become one group.
“This coming together forms a bond between all members, remaining strong even when everyone returns to their original location. It is these relationships and bonds that continue to support every member of Netball Australia.”
Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition netballs will go to the Netball Foundation’s Confident Girls campaign to specifically fund initiatives to increase support and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netballers across Australia in line with Netball Australia’s RAP.
Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said the development of the netball is a perfect example of the opportunities that the RAP has created to engage and collaborate with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball community.
“At our RAP launch last year, we had eight beautiful netballs painted by local Aboriginal artists and community members from our eight States and Territories,” Palmer said.
“The community demand for those eight netballs has then inspired the development of our ‘Gather As One’ netball.”
“We think the netballs will be in high demand and hope to make this an annual initiative, and who better to partner with for this exciting project than a former netballer and internationally renowned artist like Sarrita.”
King and her sister Tarisse also collaborated to design the jumper worn by North Melbourne in last weekend’s AFL Indigenous Round.
The ‘Gather As One’ netball can be purchased for $34.95 (plus postage and handling) from noon (AEST) on Sunday 5 June from the My Netball Shop.
Article courtesy of Netball Australia