The 2015 Australia Post One Netball Community Award winners stretched far and wide across the country – from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, to the goldfields of country Victoria to the far North Coast of New South Wales.
West Coast Fever defender Josie Janz-Dawson travelled to the Paraburdoo Netball Association in northern Western Australia – located 1500km North of Perth – for a clinic with an excited group of youngsters who had come from hundreds of kilometres away to meet the superstar.
Janz-Dawson also presented Rusty Hazel with her award for her support of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island netball community through the Woola Woola Koolangkas in Perth’s northern suburb of Balga.
Recently retired Australian Diamonds vice-captain Kimberlee Green paid a visit to the Disability Trust Eagles Netball program in Wollongong to congratulate Karina Franke for her efforts in helping people with a disability learn the skills of netball.
“Karina is an incredible person who has done so much work for the Eagles team. They are just the most amazing young women,” Green said.
Green also visited the Ku-Ring-Gai Netball Association in Sydney, which has been supporting players with an intellectual disability for more than 15 years through its Allstars program.
Mentor also travelled to the Golden City Netball Association in Bendigo, where Christine Perry was recognised for her work in supporting the Karen community from Burma to get involved in netball.
Queensland Firebirds youngster Beryl Friday headed to the New South Wales town of Lismore to thank Julijana Caldwell for her efforts to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community through her support of the Bundjalarms Netball Club.
Mentor said this year’s Australia Post One Netball Award winners have done a fantastic job connecting new communities with netball Clubs and Associations in regional and metropolitan areas of Australia.
“The visits were so inspiring to see what these amazing people are doing for the community and our sport,” Mentor said.
“The tables were definitely turned – we, as Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors, are inspired by these award winners.”
Click here to read more about the 2015 Australia Post One Netball Community Award Winners.