One Netball Community Awards: be like Rusty Hazel


Rusty Hazel with the Woola Woola Koolangkas netball team.
Rusty Hazel with the Woola Woola Koolangkas netball team.

NETBALL Australia is looking for people such as Butler resident Rusty Hazel, who represent the essence of the sport in the community.

The national body is looking for nominations for this year’s One Netball Community Awards.

Hazel was among those honoured last year for her work supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players through the Woola Woola Koolangkas team in Balga.

The awards celebrate individuals, clubs and associations in local communities who go above and beyond to ensure everyone, regardless of background, skill or ability, is welcome in netball.

Australian Diamonds player and One Netball ambassador Clare McMeniman said the awards were a great way to share the stories of those who used the power of the game to create an inclusive environment.

“Since the awards’ inception in 2014, we’ve uncovered many inspiring stories of inclusion champions who go out of their way to build more welcoming netball communities,” she said.

“We’re on the lookout for passionate inclusion advocates both on and off the court – from coaches and umpires to players, parents and volunteers – who work tirelessly to connect people in their local neighbourhoods to our great game.”

Nomination close on July 31 and can be made through www.onenetball.com.au.