The Australia Post One Netball Community Program will be bigger and better in 2015 with more ambassadors coming on board to help Netball Australia spread the diversity message.
The program has grown from five ambassadors in 2014 to 17 this year that features a mix of renowned international players, past and present ANZ Championship athletes and some of netball’s rising stars.
Now in its second year, the Australia Post One Netball Community Program aims to connect the growing and changing Australian community with Australia’s largest female participation sport.
The 2015 Australia Post One Netball Community Program was officially launched in Sydney today by former Australian captain and well-known commentator Anne Sargeant, pictured right, who announced the following Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors:
- NSW: Kimberlee Green, Sonia Mkoloma, Mo’onia Gerrard
- VIC: Geva Mentor, Elaine Osei-Safo, Johannah Curran
- QLD: Rebecca Bulley, Claire McMeniman, Beryl Friday, Jemmason Power
- SA: Leigh Waddington, Nicola Gray, Jo Sutton
- WA: Josie Janz-Dawson, Numi Tupaea, Heidi Wilson
- ACT: Sepi Hawke
The Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors have professional backgrounds ranging from teachers, to social workers, to university students, representative of one of the core themes of the program – diversity.
“In my other role as a social worker over the past 10 years I’ve seen the importance of embracing diversity and showing young people the possibilities a sport like netball can give them,” Waddington, who also plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship, said.
“It’s not just the health benefits, but the friendships they form that make them feel part of a bigger community.”
Green, who was a program ambassador last year, said she loves the way that netball can bring all walks of life together with common goals in mind.
“The One Netball program is a great way to recognise our incredible sport and the inclusivity that you see at netball associations throughout Australia,” Green, who is captain of the NSW Swifts and also Australian Diamonds vice-captain, said.
Along with the announcement of the program’s ambassadors a series of other initiatives were announced including the One Netball Round during Round 12 of the ANZ Championship, One Netball Community Awards and Come & Try Clinics that will all promote awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion in communities across the country.
One Netball focuses on increasing engagement with multicultural and Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, socio-economically disadvantaged communities and regional and remote communities.
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