The Australia Post One Netball Community Awards are back in 2015, recognising and rewarding individuals, Clubs and Associations across Australia who go above and beyond to create and support inclusive netball communities for everyone, regardless of their background or ability.
Nominations for the 2015 awards are open to a Netball Club, Association, or an individual who is actively making positive change and inspiring others to create welcoming and more inclusive netball communities.
The winners will receive a prize pack valued at over $1000, including Australia Post Load&Go cards, a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador and a signed 2015 Australian Diamonds Netball World Cup team ball.
Nominations are now open until Sunday 5 July, with winners to be announced on Monday 20 July.
In 2014 Netball Australia and Australia Post joined together to develop a program that would help introduce netball to those from different backgrounds, religious beliefs and of limited abilities.
The result is the Australia Post One Netball program, which is being celebrated throughout Round 11 at Australian matches.
Australia is a very diverse and inclusive country, with one in four people born overseas and over 300 languages spoken throughout our community. Research shows that netball has lower participation rates for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) and Indigenous backgrounds, as well as people with disability.
The goals of the Australia Post One Netball program are to
- Build capacity within our sport to extend the reach of netball into diverse communities;
- Engage Australia’s netball community in a dialogue about creating more inclusive environments, and;
- Invest in programs and activities that create connection within communities.
Swifts Captain Kimberlee Green, alongside former Swifts’ greats Sonia Mkoloma and Mo’onia Gerrard, are the NSW Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors for 2015 and assist in delivering programs to break down barriers and provide inclusive participation opportunities for everyone.
Australia’s population is changing in size and diversity, as are the communities in which netball operates. One Netball presents us all with an opportunity to make our netball environments more inclusive for all, from the club house to the Diamonds.
Throughout Round 11 Australian franchises will celebrate Australia Post One Netball; an initiative to help deliver targeted programs at the local level to provide opportunities for individuals and communities to experience netball in a safe, inclusive and fun environment.
For more information on the Australia Post One Netball program, visit www.onenetball.org.au.
Join us in celebrating our sport and the diversity that makes up our fantastic netball community.