Age, background, and ability have no boundaries, as seen through Christine Glenn’s creation of the Kaleteeya Netball Club in South Australia – a predominantly Aboriginal club. Christine is an Individual Winner of a 2016 Australia Post One Netball Community Award.
The Andrews Farm mother of two has dedicated an enormous amount of time, effort, and energy into creating an inclusive club open to all women and children wishing to participate in netball. “I played mixed basketball with the Kaleteeya Nunga Wolves… Eventually I was the only female left participating, running against all of the men. I wanted to start up and provide something for the women and girls,” said Christine.
In the last two years, Christine has worked tirelessly to get sponsors from community organisations to provide all of the teams’ needs, allowing teams to participate in the Aboriginal State Football and Netball Carnival annually, with juniors participating in the SA Nunga Netball Carnival. They plan to send teams to participate weekly in the Elizabeth Netball Association, Salisbury junior competition and Woodville senior competition. “We have a dedicated Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee as we always aim to not charge or take player fees, making sports affordable and available to all families.”
Along with playing and coaching for country and city league teams, Christine has coached several Aboriginal representative teams in the SA Aboriginal Football and Netball State Carnival and has dedicated time over the years to fund uniforms, team needs and registration fees for other Aboriginal clubs.
For Christine, seeing her girls develop from beginners to confident girls has been the most valuable part of her journey. “I’ve had complete beginners come to me, absolutely loved the experience and opportunities then taken that confidence to become involved in larger city clubs and keep developing. I love being a part of that for them…. you’ve just helped start their new passion.”
Congratulations to Christine Glenn on winning an Australia Post One Netball Community Award.
As an Individual winner in the 2016 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards, Christine receives a Load & Go card valued at $1000 for the club and $500 for individual use, as well as a signed netball from the Australian Netball Diamonds.
To find out how your club or association can get involved with the One Netball program, visit onenetball.org.au
One Netball ambassador Carla Borrego visited the Kaleteeya Netball Club on Sunday. Image supplied by Peter Mundy.