Australia Post and Netball Australia have today announced the eight winners of the 2018 Australia Post One NetballCommunity Awards for their dedication to creating diverse and inclusive netball environments.
Netball Australia CEO, Marne Fechner, said the Awards, now in their fifth year, are designed to celebrate the individuals, clubs and associations who are making a genuine difference in ensuring everyone, regardless of background or ability is welcome in netball.
“This year’s winners are inspiring examples of the ethos of the Awards and demonstrate the power of passionate clubs and associations breaking down barriers and bringing people together.”
“The winners this year have been recognised for creating inclusion opportunities for people with a disability, multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and remotely located communities, and people experiencing socio-economic hardship,” Ms Fechner said.
Australia Post General Manager of Marketing and Community, Andrea Pearman, said the quality of nominations was once again exceptional.
“The stories that we see each year of the wonderful diversity and inclusion work being done right across Australia reinforces the importance of these Awards in celebrating the power of sport to help communities work better for everyone.”
“We congratulate all eight amazing winners for their passion and commitment to their local communities. These individuals, clubs and associations are leading by example and we hope by recognising them through these Awards that others will also be inspired,” she said.
Each winner will receive a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador where they’ll be presented with an Australia Post Load&Go Visa Prepaid Gift Card, a netball signed by the 2018 Samsung Australian Diamonds team and a Certificate from the Australia Post One Netball Program.
Diamonds Head Coach and newly appointed Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, Lisa Alexander, said the Awards are a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work being done by the netball family in the broader community.
“These Awards highlight the power of netball and what it can do to transform communities all over Australia. Often the first touch point for anyone looking to participate in netball, these inclusion champions are creating a welcoming environment for anyone to enjoy the game we love.”
“These attributes are fundamental at all levels of netball and something we strive to create within the Diamonds squad. The Award winners are truly inspirational, and I commend them for their contribution to the sport,” Ms Alexander said.
The winners of the 2018 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards are:
- Emily Higgins, East Brighton Vampires Netball Club, Victoria
- Niketa Loftus, Craigieburn Netball Association, Victoria
- Port Lincoln Netball Association, South Australia
- Lisa McGee, North Nowra Bomaderry Netball Club, New South Wales
- Jamee Stair, Mana Netball Club, New South Wales
- Denise French, Nambour & Districts Netball Association, Queensland
- Adele Simmons, Wheatbelt Flames, Western Australia
- Southern Districts Netball Association, Western Australia
About One Netball
Australia Post is the Community and Social Inclusion Partner of Netball Australia, and together they have partnered to deliver the Australia Post One Netball Program (One Netball) since 2014. The program aims to engage Australia’s increasingly diverse communities through the sport of netball with the message that everyone, regardless of background or ability, is welcome.
For more information or to learn more about One Netball, visit www.onenetball.org.au.