Netball scores at I Support Women in Sport Awards

Netball featured prominently at the I Support Women in Sport Awards this week in Sydney with the Australian Diamonds team and former captains Natalie von Bertouch and Liz Ellis collecting awards.

The Diamonds were announced as winners of the A-Team of the Year award, which recognises ‘an awesome bunch of chicks who’ve kicked some serious butt in the sporting world. Each individual has worked together as a team to create some series success’.

The reigning world champions continue to be one of Australia’s most successful national teams and just this week reclaimed the Constellation Cup title from the New Zealand Silver Ferns.

“It’s was a wonderful honour to accept the A-Team of the Year award on Tuesday night on behalf of the Australian Diamonds in a room full of incredible athletes and passionate ambassadors of women’s sport,” Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said.

“I was delighted to be part of the event and congratulate everyone involved: Women’s Health and Felicity Harley for initiating these awards and all of winners of this year’s I Support Women in Sport awards – they are a remarkable group of women, all of whom thoroughly deserve the recognition.”

Former Diamonds captain Natalie von Bertouch was awarded the Leadership Legend.

The South Australian was recognised for her outstanding leadership skills – true courage, integrity, passion and respect – all while skippering her Australian Diamonds and Adelaide Thunderbirds to success.

An inspirational leader both on and off the court, von Bertouch led her ANZ Championship team to a historic second trans-Tasman premiership after her side won 13 straight games en route to the title.

The 30-year-old retired from netball following the ANZ Championship title, finishing her career with two World Netball Championship gold medals, two Commonwealth Games silver medals and two trans-Tasman premierships.

Ellis was honoured for her media work with the Woman of Sporting Words award.

The former captain features prominently in the media, including as a commentator of domestic and international netball for SBS 2 and FOX SPORTS.

“Too often the efforts of our female athletes go unrecognised. The Women’s Health ‘I Support Women In Sport’ Awards play an important role in celebrating the successes of women in sport and is a key platform for bringing the achievements of the country’s female sporting greats into the public eye,” Women’s Health’s editor Felicity Harley said.

The night belonged to surfer Sally Fitzgibbons was named Sports Woman of the Year, beating iron woman Courtney Hancock, cricketer Jodie Fields, golfer Karrie Webb and surfer Tyler Wright to claim top honours for the night.

Olympic rower and ANZ Championship’s 2XU Celebrity Tipper Kim Crow was honoured with the Prime Minister’s Award for Women in Sport, presented by the Prime Minister’s daughters Frances and Bridget, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash.

Netball Australia congratulates all the worthy winners on the night.