Each year, netball communities across Australia celebrate NAIDOC Week, highlighting the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country.
This year is no different, with tournaments, themed rounds, family fun days and events taking centre stage on the netball calendar. These include:
- In Western Australia, from Wednesday July 6th, the annual NAIDOC Netball Carnival (Australia’s biggest NAIDOC Week netball celebration) will take place at the State Netball Centre and Perth Netball Centre in Wembley. The Carnival provides an opportunity to introduce Indigenous netballers to competitive netball, as well as providing a platform to increase awareness and education around health promotion, health prevention and care benefits for Indigenous people.
- In Victoria, the week kicked off with a free Anglicare Victoria NAIDOC Celebration on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, with netball and football matches, themed stalls, basket weaving, crafts, Indigenous art work, dancing, food and plant displays.
- In Shepparton in regional Victoria, Rumbalara Football Netball Club and Congupna Football Netball Club held their 10th annual Unity Cup, honouring the important role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in their communities. Netball Australia RAP Chairwoman Karen Milward and Community Engagement Coordinator Stephanie Anderson joined the Walk of Solidarity with club representatives, before watching matches and presentations.
- Also in Victoria, Australia Post One Netball Ambassador Geva Mentor travelled to Sale in Victoria’s Gippsland region. Mentor took part in the Gippsland Indigenous Day celebrating NAIDOC Week, with a netball skills session with young Aboriginal women and girls. Fellow One Netball Ambassador, Elaine Osei-Safo, also attended a clinic run by the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative at the North Geelong Football Netball Club.
Australia Post One Netball Ambassador Elaine Osei-Safe running a netball session with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative in North Geelong.
- During NAIDOC Week, Netball NSW will be working with a number of community partners including Land Councils and sports clubs, to bring netball to a range of community events including a sports day in Ballina, a Family Fun Day in Wyong and a NAIDOC Week Celebration event at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, Sydney.
- Also in NSW, the Nations of Origin Netball Tournament will take place at Raymond Terrace on July 12th-13th, in partnership with PCYC and Netball NSW. Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which culminates during NAIDOC Week annually, with four main components including reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport.
- Netball Tasmania will be hosting their NAIDOC Week match in their State League Competition on July 6th, and
- Netball South Australia will be taking part in a NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day on July 8th at Victoria Oval Parklands.
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