An entire division catering to women and girls with an intellectual disability was established in the Adelaide Metro Netball Division (AMND) over 30 years ago and continues to be a supportive environment for their players to this day.
Over 65 players across six clubs play weekly, allowing the girls and women to play competitive netball and be a part of a team environment. Each of the six teams are run by volunteer coaches, team managers and timekeepers, helping get the best out of the players.
“They are so passionate. They just love their netball,” says Adelaide Metro Netball Division Vice-president Dawn Reid. “It gives them an interest and makes them more independent.”
In August this year, Netball SA sent a team to represent the state in the Marie Little OAM Shield – a national tournament for players with an intellectual disability. After two days of competition, the Netball SA Rubies competed in the grand final – just falling short to the home team, New South Wales.
In addition to providing the players with the opportunity to participate in a regular netball competition alongside other teams, Dawn believes this goes hand in hand with building their confidence on and off the court, “It’s actually about self-esteem and the fact that they can play netball the same that any other girl can play. They come out of their shells.”
Australia Post One Netball Ambassador Khao Watts visited the group, participating in skills sessions and games. “They get a lot out of it, it means a lot to them a real lot” Dawn said. “You have to treat them the same you would any other team. And they love that because they feel important.”
Congratulations to AMND on winning an Australia Post One Netball Community Award. AMND received an Australia Post Load & Go card valued at $1000 and a signed netball from the Diamonds.
To find out how your club or association can get involved with the One Netball program, visit onenetball.org.au.