Awards recog­nise net­ball cham­pi­ons of in­clu­siv­ity

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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 a lot 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, onenet­ball.org.au. visit

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