Friday October 7 marked the second Female Sport Champions of Change lunch held this year, the event taking place at the Cockle Bay Wharf at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
The Female Sport Champions of Change luncheons give guests an insight into the inner sanctum of the Australian Diamonds and what it takes to develop a high performing culture, team and leaders.
They form a crucial element in the fundraising for the Netball Foundation, with both the Melbourne and Sydney lunches raising funds to support a world-class wellbeing program for emerging, current and past Australian Diamonds to flourish on and off the court, during and after their netball career.
The journey to play netball for Australia is long, with many sacrifices and rewards along the way.
Diamonds Circle is a cornerstone of the Netball Foundation, raising funds to enable Netball Australia to enhance its investment in the Australian Diamonds pathway by expanding the Wellbeing Program in key support areas, including:
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Career counselling and planning
- Personal development and training courses
- Educational guidance
- Employment preparation
- Career referral networks
- The transition to professional netball
- The transition into retirement from professional netball
As one of Australia’s most successful sporting teams, the Australian Diamonds are in a unique position to inspire girls and women to be the best they can be, on and off the netball court.
They are given a unique opportunity to influence the way females are perceived by the Australian community.
Guests of today’s lunch in Sydney, champion women in their own right, had the opportunity to hear from the athletes themselves. They included Raelene Castle, Chief Executive at Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Club, Kelly Bayer-Rosmarin, Group Executive, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Carla Speering Group Marketing Manager, Johnson & Johnson, representatives from the Nine Network among many more.