Nominations open for netball inclusion awards

Australian Diamonds Kate Moloney and Caitlin Thwaites with 8-year-old Zodia.
Australian Diamonds Kate Moloney and Caitlin Thwaites with 8-year-old Zodia.

THERE are many unheralded community heroes across WA, especially in local sporting organisations.

Netball Australia is looking to acknowledge these unsung clubs and individuals working hard to champion inclusiveness as part of the 2019 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards.

Netball Australia chief executive Marne Fechner said the awards recognised those who worked tirelessly to develop an inclusive netball environment for people of all abilities and backgrounds.

“Netball continues to break down barriers, and we’re seeing brilliant programs implemented in communities across the country, programs that ensure our sport provides a safe and welcoming environment for all people regardless of race, religion or gender,” she said.

“There are so many inspiring stories of clubs, associations and individuals who make a difference.

“In sharing their stories, we hope we can motivate other clubs and communities to find their own ways to create inclusiveness.”

Last year’s WA winner was the Southern Districts Netball Association (SDNA) in recognition of its ‘Netball for All’ program which creates safe spaces, opportunities and access for everyone to play netball.

SDNA development officer Bev Gallager said winning the award had meant so much to them.

“It was just recognition of our programs that we’re trying to run and it gave us a bit of extra advertising and encouraged more people to come,” she said.

“We do programs for people with disabilities and we actually have two teams this year (up from one last year) which is great.

“The recognition for our volunteers’ hard work was fantastic.”

A winner from each State and Territory will be announced on August 15, with each to receive prizes worth more than $1000 for their club or association.

To nominate, visit onenetball.org.au.

Entries close June 30.