Guildford League Knights Netball Club (Parramatta Auburn Netball Association) and Manly Warringah Netball Association were included in a list of Netball Clubs, Associations, and individuals recognised in the inaugural Australia Post One Netball Community Awards, announced by Netball Australia today.
The Australia Post One Netball Community Awards recognise local inclusion champions who go above and beyond to make the sport of netball accessible to everyone and lead by example to inspire those around them.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including; One Netball Ambassador and Melbourne Vixen Geva Mentor, Netball Australia Head of Sport Development Anne-Marie Phippard, Sports Consultant Paul Oliver, and Australia Post Head of Diversity and Inclusion Lauren Jauncey.
Australia Post Chief Marketing Officer Greg Sutherland said the inaugural Awards are part of Australia Post’s commitment to making netball accessible to everyone, irrespective of their skill level, ability or background.
“These Awards were set up to recognise and reward the tireless efforts of local netball champions who are creating new opportunities for anyone to enjoy the game. Amongst our winners we’re seeing positive opportunities being created for players with an intellectual disability, Indigenous and multicultural youth and regional and remote communities.”
Australian Netball Diamonds player and Australia Post One Netball Ambassador Rebecca Bulley echoed these sentiments, congratulating people who were making netball more inclusive for everyone.
“It’s exciting to be able to shine a light on these local champions, who are going to such great lengths to share their love of netball with everyone in their community,” Bulley said.
“Netball relies on individuals, Clubs and Associations like the Australia Post One Netball Community Award winners to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, can get involved in our game, so it’s wonderful that we can recognise them in this way.”
The winners will receive a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador to their Club or Association. They will also receive Australia Post Load&Go gift cards for the use of their netball Club or Association and a signed netball from the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Winning Netball Team.
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Netball NSW would like to congratulate all the winners, and thank them for being local inclusion champions!
Australia Post One Netball Community Award Winners:
Guildford Leagues Knights Netball Club, from Guildford NSW
For actions taken to seek and support greater involvement of their local Muslim community within their netball club.
Manly Warringah Netball Association, from North Curl Curl NSW
For their All Ability Netball Program that supports people with an intellectual disability.
Leanne Eades, from Katanning WA
For her contribution to the growth of the All Stars Netball Club and Grassroots Netball Program which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, their families and the community to get involved with netball.
Parndana Netball Club, from Parndana SA
For their efforts to ensure ongoing growth and participation in their remote community netball club, including running mixed competitions and addressing financial barriers to participation.
Echuca & District Netball Association, from Echuca VIC
For supporting the creation of the ‘Rockettes’ netball team, where players with an intellectual disability compete in their junior competition, supported by players, coaches, umpires and families within the Association.