Netball in Australia is proud to be considered an inclusive sport for people of all abilities and supports the International Day of People with Disability every year.
Thursday, 3 December is International Day of People with Disability, sanctioned by the United Nations, which aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
The theme for this year’s International Day of People with Disability is `inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’.
In Australia more than four million Australians identify as having a disability and Netball Australia and the eight State and Territory Members are committed to increasing awareness of accessibility throughs education initiatives, key partnerships with Special Olympics Australia and Sport Inclusion Australia, and participation programs such as Inclusion NetSetGO which support people with disabilities to get involved in the sport.
Across Australia this year, more than 3600 children have taken part in Inclusion NetSetGO, which provides a safe, inclusive and fun environment for children with a disability to learn the basics of netball.
Netball Australia’s partnership with Special Olympics Australia provides an alternate avenue for young netballers to experience ANZ NetSetGO.
In partnership with Sport Inclusion Australia, the Marie Little OAM Shield was established in 2012 and provides an opportunity for players with an intellectual disability to compete at a national-level tournament.
Across Australia, netball will celebrate International Day of People with Disability with a number of clinics and Come and Try events, alongside hundreds of other events being held as part of the event.
This will include clinics in South Australia, a sports day in Queensland, come and try days and Special Olympics events in New South Wales and being involved in a sport and recreation festival in Melbourne’s CBD.
If you want to register an event or get some ideas about how your club or association can be part of the fun, click here to find out more.