Under the One Netball banner, Netball Australia’s community engagement and social impact activities reached new heights in 2016 with programs delivered successfully across Australia, Asia and the Pacific region.
From inclusion and diversity initiatives delivered nationally through support from Australia Post, to the Pacific Women’s Sports Leadership Program in Papua New Guinea, One Netball has delivered programs to hundreds of communities, developing their lifelong connection with netball.
Below, we reflect on some of the highlights from 2016 through our video library:
Each year, the netball community across Australia have voted for an individual, club or association who are actively creating more inclusive, welcoming netball environments for the annual Australia Post One Netball Community Awards. In 2016, eight inspiring winners were announced, who then received visits from our inspiring One Netball Ambassadors:
Netball Australia partnered with Our Watch and three other national sports organisations to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children with the message that there is #NoExcuse4Violence:
In November, Australian Diamonds Caitlin Thwaites and Nat Medhurst travelled to India as a part of the Australian Government’s Asian Sports Partnerships program, running clinics for girls through the Naz Foundation’s Goal Program, which uses sport and life skills education to transform the lives of adolescent girls:
Also through the Asian Sports Partnerships program, Australia Post One Netball Ambassador and RAP Working Group member Josie Janz-Dawson travelled to Sri Lanka in September for One Netball Asia with the Foundation of Goodness, a local not-for-profit organisation, to run a coaching and professional development camp, as well as a community netball tournament with empowerment sessions for young participants:
In partnership with Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council, the inaugural Pacific Women’s Sports Leadership Program was held in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea with 20 women representing 13 different sporting organisations coming together to develop their leadership skills through sport, to directly impact on the lives of young women and girls in their communities:
In case you missed it, here are some of the other program highlights for One Netball this year.
- Netball NSW defended their title at the 2016 Marie Little OAM Shield, the national championships for women with an intellectual disability.
- Netball NT launched their own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), supported by Netball Australia’s RAP Working Group at NT Link Championships in Darwin.
- Netball Australia launched the Netball Inclusion Course on MyNetball eLearning for Netball Clubs and Associations to can learn about the practical ways to create more inclusive netball environments.
- Netball Australia, Netball NSW and the Confident Girls Foundation ran a program with the Muslim Women’s Association to introduce young Muslim women and girls to netball in Sydney’s South West.