Netball communities across Australia can shine a light on the individuals, clubs and associations who create and support diverse and inclusive netball environments, with nominations now open for the 2017 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards.
Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate those who go above and beyond to ensure everyone, regardless of background, skill or ability, is welcome in netball.
Up to nine winners will be announced by an independent judging panel, with a newly created Ambassadors’ Choice Award to be presented in 2017, voted on by the 20 Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors.
Australia Post Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett, said the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards celebrate the true champions of the game.
“We’re committed to creating a more inclusive Australia, so we’re excited to celebrate those who open their netball club doors, welcome new faces and use the power of sport to help communities work better for everyone.
“We particularly want to recognise those who reach out to diverse groups, including multicultural and Indigenous Australians, socio-economically disadvantaged communities, people with disability and rural and regional communities.
“Netball is a fantastic way to build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities.”
Sunshine Coast Lightning player and Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, Geva Mentor, continues to be inspired year-on-year by the work individuals, clubs and associations are doing in creating inclusive netball environments.
“As an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, the most rewarding part of the program is being able to visit the amazing One Netball Community Award winners,” said Mentor.
“The past three years, I’ve been so lucky to have the opportunity to meet everyday people doing such extraordinary things to break down barriers in the community. It’s inspiring to have such amazing people in our netball clubs and associations.”
Nominations for the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards are now open by visiting the One Netball website and close at midnight (AEST) on Sunday, 30 July. Winners will be announced on Monday, 28 August.