Local inclusion champions recognised with awards

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Netball Australia would like to congratulate the five winners of the inaugural Australia Post One Netball Community Awards, announced today. 

The Australia Post One Netball Community Awards recognise those in our netball community who go above and beyond to make the sport of netball accessible to everyone.

The 2014 Australia Post One Netball Community Award Winners are:

  • Leanne Eades, from Katanning WA, for her contribution to the growth of the All Stars Netball Club and Grassroots Netball Program which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, their families and the community to get involved with netball.
  • Manly Warringah Netball Association, from North Curl Curl NSW, for their All Ability Netball Program that supports people with an intellectual disability.
  • Guildford Leagues Knights Netball Club, from Guildford NSW, for actions taken to seek and support greater involvement of their local Muslim community within their netball club.
  • Parndana Netball Club, from Parndana SA, for their efforts to ensure ongoing growth and participation in their remote community netball club, including running junior mixed competitions and addressing financial barriers to participation.
  • Echuca & District Netball Association, from Echuca VIC, for supporting the creation of the Rockettes netball team, where players with an intellectual disability compete in their junior competition, supported by players, coaches, umpires and families within the Association.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including Australia Post One Netball Ambassador and Melbourne Vixen defender Geva Mentor, Head of Sport Development at Netball Australia Anne-Marie Phippard, Sports Consultant Paul Oliver and Lauren Jauncey, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Australia Post.

Australia Post One Netball Ambassador Rebecca Bulley and Australian Diamonds star has congratulated the Award winners across the country who are making netball more inclusive for everyone.

“It’s exciting to be able to shine a light on these local champions, who are going to such great lengths to share their love of netball with everyone in their community,” Bulley said.

“Netball relies on individuals, clubs and associations like the Australia Post One Netball Community Award winners to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, can get involved in our game, so it’s wonderful that we can recognise them in this way.”

All Winners will receive a visit from one of the One Netball Ambassadors, who will present them with their prize packs which includes Australia Post Load&Go gift cards and a signed netball from the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winning team.

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