International Women’s Day (IWD) is held annually on 8 March and celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.
On this day of celebration, Netball NSW would like to acknowledge and honour the hundreds of thousands of women and girls who are part of our community.
Based upon the 2012 Netball NSW Annual Report, NSW has one of the largest number of females actively engaged in our sport throughout Australia. 98 per cent of the 112,000 registered members from the NSW netball community are women, which is a total of 110,850. It’s not just players who we are acknowledging, but 95 per cent of NSW-registered umpires and coaches are female; 5,442* umpires and 5,899*coaches. These women are amongst the thousands of dedicated volunteers who give their time to the sport they love.
Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell says it’s important to recognise how netball provides support to females both young and old.
“International Women’s Day is a fantastic way to celebrate the strength, resilience and dedication of women around the globe. We see these values demonstrated on a daily basis in our netball community, from our elite players in the NSW Swifts to our grassroots players and volunteers,” Campbell said.
“Netball is the largest female sport in NSW, so it’s important that we honour that responsibility and acknowledge the contribution of females, not just in sport, but in society.”
There are many events taking place throughout NSW to celebrate International Women’s Day. To find out more, or how you can help with fundraising, click here to visit the International Women’s Day website.
*Figures obtained from the National Membership Administration System (NMAS) database.