Netball nominated for sports leadership award

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Netball Australia and its eight state and territory members have been recognised by the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards as a finalist in the Sports Leadership category.

The gala dinner will be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra next Monday night where netball in Australia has been nominated for the great work done in creating a fair, safe and inclusive environment on courts across Australia.

The Migration and Settlement Awards recognise the good work of organisations and individuals that assist new migrants and refugees to settle, to feel included and to participate.

Netball Australia chief executive officer Kate Palmer said being nominated for the Sports Leadership category is a great reward for the excellent work being carried out in programs right across Australia.

“We want every single person in Australia to feel comfortable in our environment and that takes local, state and national initiatives,” she said.

“There’s a lot of alignment between what Netball Australia is trying to achieve nationally and the work done at state and territory level. It’s an absolute credit to our state and territory organisations that they are doing such a great job in this area.

“We’re really keen for our sport to be one that every Australian can play.”

Two of Netball Australia’s partners – Virgin Australia and Australian Post – are sponsors of the evening.

Australia Post has recently announced its support of Netball Australia’s One Netball Community Engagement Program as part of its Our Neighbourhood National Community Partnerships.

Through this partnership, the netball community will be engaged and empowered to establish connections with new communities and participants, to encourage long-term involvement in the sport.

Among the special guests next Monday night is Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition leader Bill Shorten.