Netball celebrates inclusion

ANZC_APON ROUND Instagram 612x612_FINALThe great work being done by the Australia Post One Netball program will be highlighted in the three Australian-based matches in this weekend’s round of the ANZ Championship.

The Australia Post One Netball Round will be celebrated in Adelaide on Saturday night and in Sydney and Melbourne on Sunday and aims to spread the One Netball message of creating more inclusive netball communities for everyone who wants to get involved, regardless of their background or ability.

Now in its second year, the Australia Post One Netball program extends from the grassroots level right through to the national level. 

There are 18 Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors spread right across Australia including former internationals Mo’onia Gerrard and Sonia Mkoloma.

Eight of this year’s ambassadors will be in action over the One Netball round – Leigh Waddington and Nicola Gray (Adelaide Thunderbirds), Clare McMeniman, Rebecca Bulley and Beryl Friday (Queensland Firebirds), Josie Janz-Dawson (West Coast Fever), Geva Mentor (Melbourne Vixens) and Kimberlee Green (NSW Swifts). 2014 Round 13 ANZ Championship gameNSW Swifts v WBOP Magic

In addition crowds attending the matches can also meet ambassadors Gerrard (Sydney), Elaine Osei-Safo (Melbourne) and Joanne Sutton (Adelaide) at the Australia Post stands, who will be on hand to sign autographs and give away One Netball prizes.

The Australia Post One Netball Community Awards were also launched this week, which recognise and reward individuals, clubs and associations that go above and beyond to create and support inclusive netball environments.

Nominations are open until July 5 and more information about the awards can be found at the One Netball website.

“It’s fantastic that the ANZ Championships have supported the Australia Post One Netball Round and I think it’s wonderful to be able to highlight the importance of inclusion and to celebrate all the outstanding work individuals or groups are doing in the community,” Mentor said.

“So if you know of a special someone who makes our game more accessible nominate them now in this year’s Australia Post One Netball Community Awards.”

Waddington has embraced her new role as an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador.

“It’s an amazing initiative to help people feel like belong and connect to their community and sharing a love of netball is a great way to do that,” Waddington said.

“Embracing the diversity that we do have in our society and really building connections and relationships with people while doing something that is great for a healthy and active lifestyle.”

2014 Round 13 ANZ Championship game NSW Swifts v WBOP MagicWaddington, a qualified Social Worker, is looking forward to spending a week visiting Aboriginal communities in a remote part of South Australia in July. She will also attend the 2015 Marie Little OAM Shield in the same month in Adelaide, a national competition contested annually between players with an intellectual disability from New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

Visit the Australia Post One Netball website for more information about all the program’s activities.