This Friday, March 21, is Harmony Day and Netball Australia is proud to support the day which celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.
As part of the national week of events to celebrate Harmony Day, ANZ Championship matches being played this Sunday in Melbourne and Sydney will have a distinctive orange feel to them to show netball’s support and commitment as an inclusive sport.
Orange balls will be used in the games between the Melbourne Vixens and New Zealand-side the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and NSW Swifts and Queensland Firerbirds while players will wear orange ribbons on their warm-up tops.
Samantha Poolman (Adelaide Thunderbirds), Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens), Carla Dziwoki (NSW Swifts), Demelza McCloud (Queensland Firebirds) and Josie Janz (West Coast Fever) are supporters of Harmony Day and have recorded a message of support, which will feature during the week on Netball Australia’s social media channels, as well as some game day venues.
Coaches, umpires and officials of the Australian teams will all wear orange ribbons as well.
All netball fans are encouraged to deck themselves out in orange on Friday and if heading along to one of the Harmony Day-themed matches on Sunday.
Harmony Day is managed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.