As one of the many new ambassadors that have come on board to support the Australia Post One Netball program in 2015, Osei-Safo (pictured above) has seen first-hand what a difference netball is making in communities as an inclusive and friendly sport.
Attending a sports festival at Barooga – on the border of New South Wales and Victoria – conducting a local primary school clinic in Dandenong with fellow One Netball Ambassador Geva Mentor and playing netball with players with an intellectual disability in Leongatha have been just some of her experiences in the role as Ambassador in 2015.
“I have also given talks on the importance of living active lives and good nutrition to a variety of students, including Aboriginal netball teams, and also run a netball session for those involved in an Adult Migrant English Program.
“What excited me most about this opportunity to become an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador was the ability to share the passion and happiness netball brings me to different communities local and a far.
“I also loved the idea of reaching remote and rural communities; those who haven’t been afforded the opportunities I have been afforded and people who are new to Australia.
“It’s so important that they get to experience sport and to be part of an inclusive and supportive team environment where you’re not only having fun and making friendships, but keeping fit and active whilst competing in a sport that can bring a great sense of purpose and achievement.”
The Victorian underage representative and State League player, who is also studying food science at university, said the Ambassador role has also helped with her own personal development.
“It’s challenged me and helped me develop so many skills including public speaking and organising and running my own netball sessions as well as working with those with disabilities.
“I have just had so much fun. I have literally loved every single appearance and loved meeting and working with all the people I have brought and shared the love of netball with.
“I hope I can continue to bring what netball has to offer to the greater community in the future.”