Following a successful 18 months delivering on actions detailed through Netball Australia’s RAP, three new members, Leanne Bugg, Ali Tucker and Jemmason Power have joined the working group.
Netball Australia’s RAP commits the organisation to the actions required to increase their efforts and capability to support and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, their families and communities to participate at the same level of the game as other Australians. The RAP recognises the role that the netball community of 1.2 million Australians can play in our national reconciliation journey. This role requires us to better support, engage and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The purpose of the RAP Working Group is to deliver the actions outlined in the RAP, working in conjunction with Netball Australia, its Member Organisations and the broader netball community.
New member, Leanne Bugg, is a Northern Territory resident, a One Netball Ambassador, Netball NT Board Member, and a Senior Teacher of Middle Years at Katherine School of the Air, teaching for a total of 23 years. She is passionate about creating sustainable netball pathways for Aboriginal children and recognises the importance netball plays in empowering communities.
“Due to my keen interest and motivation around sustainable netball pathways and my extensive recognition of diversity in sport, I nominated for a position on the Board of Netball NT. In 2016, we celebrated the launch of our proudest achievement yet – the Netball Northern Territory Reconciliation Action Plan, which sits under the Netball Australia RAP,” said Bugg.
“Through my daughter’s avid participation in netball at both regional and state level, I have appreciated the intensity of netball as a sport and how it can be used effectively to challenge ourselves and each other.
“I am excited to be a part of this dynamic RAP Working Group. The energy that can be generated with such spirited people can only mean good things for the future of netball for our young people.
“I believe our plan is imperative for the future and promotes wellbeing, collaboration and pride. We are a united network that supports all our young people, regardless of gender, age, culture or location. That is quite empowering.”
Joining Leanne Bugg is Ali Tucker, a strong advocate for cultural diversity with professional experience in designing and implementing national Cultural Competency strategies and programs, with a focus on engaging with Indigenous communities. As a former elite netballer, Ali is passionate about influencing elite pathway opportunities for participants based in rural and regional centres.
Jemmason Power a One Netball Ambassador and former Queensland representative is a strong believer in creating strong role models in Indigenous communities. “Knowing that in the Indigenous communities the kids have got someone to look up too (is important). They see successful Indigenous women encouraging them to get involved on and off the court.”
Since Netball Australia’s inaugural RAP was launched in November 2015, progress has been made nationally towards all actions. With engagement of state and territory Member Organisations playing a large role in achieving early success, meetings have been hosted by Netball Queensland, Netball South Australia, Netball Northern Territory and Netball Western Australia.
Highlights of RAP activities to date include:
- Over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Umpires and Coaches completing new accreditations.
- 18 Unconscious Bias, ‘Cultural Perspectives’ and Cultural Competency and Awareness sessions held nationally for more than 400 netball staff and coaches.
- An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocol Guide developed for Netball Australia and the Member Organisations.
- An Elite Player Support Guideline developed to improve support and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball players in the High Performance Pathway
- Netball NT launching their own RAP, with both Netball SA and Netball WA starting their RAP development process.
- The announcement of Netball Australia’s inaugural Indigenous High Performance Camp, to be held at the AIS in July 2017.
- Indigenous role models appointed at One Netball Ambassadors, completing more over 20 community appearances nationally each year.