Some of netball’s favourite identities were recognised at the I Support Women in Sport Awards held on Monday 16 October at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.
Former Australian Diamond captains Natalie von Bertouch and Netball NSW legend Liz Ellis were honoured with individual honours, while the Australian Diamonds were recognised with the A-Team of the Year.
Diamonds Vice-Captain and NSW Swifts co-captain Kimberlee Green said the awards were a fantastic opportunity to recognise the amazing work female athletes are doing in Australia.
“The I Support Women in Sport Awardsis a wonderful initiative from Women’s Health Magazine to recognise our amazing Aussie sportswomen in the community. It’s very exciting to be part of this Diamonds team – we love what we do and work hard to get results, but to receive this award is really flattering and we’re incredibly thankful,” Green said.
Women’s Health, in partnership with Legendairy, revealed the winners in style for the third annual I Support Women in Sport Awards earlier this week, with Australia’s sporting heroes in attendance to celebrate the achievement of our athletes.
Launched in 2011, the campaign is the most significant female sports awareness campaign in Australian history, and celebrates female athletes from all fields whose achievements are often undervalued or unrecognised.
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Australian netball featured prominently at the I Support Women in Sport Awards last night in Sydney with the Australian Diamonds and former captains Natalie von Bertouch and Liz Ellis collecting awards.
The Diamonds were announced as A-Team of the Year award, which recognises “an awesome bunch of chicks who’ve kicked some serious butt in the sporting world. Each individual has worked together as a team to create some series success”.
The reigning world champions continue to be one of Australia’s most successful national teams and just this week reclaimed the Constellation Cup title from the New Zealand Silver Ferns.
With the 2014 Commonwealth Games less than 12 months away, the Diamonds couldn’t have hoped for a better preparation and the strength of the team, despite some generational change with several key players retiring or unavailable this year, just highlights the depth of this high achieving team.
The Australians, who are looking to win Commonwealth Games gold for the first time since 2002, downed arch-rivals New Zealand 4-1 in the series – winning four consecutive Tests against the Silver Ferns for the first time since 1998.
Former Diamonds captain Natalie von Bertouch was awarded the Leadership Legend.
The South Australian was recognised for her outstanding leadership skills – true courage, integrity, passion and respect – all while skippering her Australian Diamonds and Adelaide Thunderbirds to success.
An inspirational leader both on and off the court, von Bertouch led her ANZ Championship team to a historic second trans-Tasman premiership after her side won 13 straight games en route to the title.
The 30-year-old retired from netball following the ANZ Championship title, finishing her career with two World Netball Championship gold medals, two Commonwealth Games silver medals and two trans-Tasman premierships.
Ellis was honoured for her media work with the Woman of Sporting Words award.