Netball plays its part to celebrate Harmony Day

2015 ANZ ChampionshipRound 4Swifts v FeverThis year the 15th anniversary of Harmony Day on 21 March saw the netball community across the country awash with orange, in celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity.

ANZ Championship matches in Adelaide and Sydney saw an orange Gilbert match ball used, orange San Remo ball kids’ shirts and players, coaches, umpires and commentators alike embrace the orange Harmony Ribbon on their shirts.

At both matches local school groups took to the court at half-time to show off their skills in ANZ NetSetGO demonstrations.

2015 ANZ Championship Round 4 Swifts v FeverAt the Sydney match, a local Aboriginal group welcomed the players and spectators to the match with music and dancing.

Earlier in the week a ‘Politicians vs Professionals’ Harmony Day netball match on Wednesday 18 March saw Senator Kate Lundy, Senator Bridget McKenzie and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on the netball court at Parliament House in Canberra, where they played a group of Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors and ACT Darters players.

2015 ANZ Championship Round 4 Swifts v FeverAustralia Post One Netball Ambassador Jemmason Power travelled to Cloncurry and Mount Isa in Queensland to speak at Harmony Day event and to deliver a coaching clinic to local school children.

Netball Australia’s One Netball program received a boost recently, with the announcement of a further three years of support through a ‘Diversity and Social Cohesion’ grant from the Department of Social Services.

With support from DSS since 2012, Netball Australia has run coaching and umpiring accreditation workshops, cross-cultural training for all netball staff across all eight Member Organisations, completed research on best-practice activities to support multicultural communities with netball, convened the One Netball Multicultural Advisory Group and run NetSetGO programs for new communities.