The netball, pictured above, depicts the work of well-known Indigenous artist Sarrita King titled ‘Gather As One’ and can be purchased from Coast2Coast here with proceeds going to programs and initiatives for the Indigenous netball community. It features the magenta handprint of King, the recognised ‘signature’ on all of her artworks which are shown in exhibitions around the world.
The artwork previously featured on the front cover of Netball Australia’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), launched late last year, and is created as a reflection of the Australian netball community in King’s eyes.
“The connection begins from afar but, as the travelling lines show, small groups travel together to eventually merge with many others to become one group.
“This coming together forms a bond between all members, remaining strong even when everyone returns to their original location. It is these relationships and bonds that continue to support every member of Netball Australia.”
Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said the development of the netball is a perfect example of the opportunities that the RAP has created to engage and collaborate with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball community.
“The community demand for those eight netballs has then inspired the development of our ‘Gather As One’ netball.”
“We think the netballs will be in high demand and hope to make this an annual initiative, and who better to partner with for this exciting project than a former netballer and internationally renowned artist like Sarrita.”