Ambassadors helping to spread netball’s message

SONY DSCThe Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors have been busy getting out and about around the country this week at `Come and Try’ netball clinics, spreading their love of netball with new communities.

With clinics already held in Canberra, Adelaide, Perth with one to come in Darwin later this month, the ambassadors will be out and about in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney aiming at encouraging participation in the sport and also teaching the importance of team work both on and off the court.

Queensland Firebird Clare McMeniman visited The Woden School for students with a disability in Canberra while her new teammate and fellow Australian Diamonds squad member Rebecca Bulley was in Adelaide running a clinic, in partnership with UniSA for a multicultural school group from Northfield Primary School.

Netball WA hosted a clinic for the Southern Districts Netball Association in Perth in partnership with Communicare on Wednesday.

photo 4Next week, Melbourne Vixen premiership defender Geva Mentor will visit the Broadmeadows Leisure Centre in Melbourne’s North-West in partnership with Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.

Australian Diamonds vice-captain and NSW Swifts captain Kimberlee Green will attend a clinic in Sydney as part of the popular Oceania Cup later this month while McMeniman will be back in her home town of Brisbane to visit a clinic with Deaf Sports and Recreation Queensland and Deaf Netball Queensland.

Bulley said she enjoyed interacting with the children at her clinic.

“There was lots of laughter and cheering going on; they actually had really good skills,” Bulley said.

SONY DSC“It’s really important that all children have an opportunity to experience netball and I hope they had a positive experience and want to join a club or keep playing at school and keep playing netball over their lives.”

Australia Post Chief Marketing Officer Greg Sutherland said this activity was part of the Australia Post One Netball program which aims to use the power of netball to attract, mobilise and inspire individuals and communities around Australia.

“Netball is such a fantastic game that teaches so many skills that can be applied both on and off the court. We want to break down the barriers and introduce new communities to the sport, regardless of their background,” he said.

photo 2Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said it is fantastic to see the ambassadors spreading positive messages about creating inclusive netball communities.

“It’s great to see the Australia Post One Netball program on the ground in new communities around the country to provide a fun, positive and safe introduction to our sport,” Palmer said.

“With clinics being held in every state and territory, the reach of One Netball is growing from strength to strength.”

There’s still time to nominate for the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards which will recognise those who go above and beyond to make the sport of netball accessible to everyone and lead by example to inspire those around them.

Nominations are now open for individuals, netball Clubs and Associations who are actively creating positive change and inspiring others in the process.

Click here and tell us in 200 words or less how you, someone you know, your Club or Association are creating and supporting a more inclusive netball environment in your local community.

Winners will receive a $500 Australia Post Load and Go gift card for personal use, $1,000 worth of Australia Post Load and Go gift cards for their netball club or Association, a signed netball from the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Winning Netball Team and a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador to their Club or Association.

Nominations close on Sunday 21 September and winners will be announced on Monday 13 October.