More high-profile athletes and community role models have signed on as Ambassadors for the Australia Post One Netball program in 2016, reflecting the continued focus on the development of inclusive netball communities, from the Clubhouse to the Diamonds.
Adelaide Thunderbirds pair Carla Borrego and Khao Watts and West Coast Fever youngster Ingrid Colyer are among the new faces eager to help Netball Australia share the message that netball is for everyone, regardless of background or ability.
The number of Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors has grown from five in the program’s inaugural year in 2014, to 19 Ambassadors across all eight States and Territories in 2016.
Borrego, a Jamaican international, is now an Australian citizen and is excited about her role as an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador after seeing how netball plays a vital role in bringing together girls and women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
“There is great strength in inclusion,” Borrego, pictured right, said.
“Inclusion elevates all. I’m all for inclusion and diversity in netball and life and I am extremely excited to share my passion for netball in my community.
“Therefore, being an Ambassador for Australia Post One Netball is a great way to promote inclusion in sport.”
Among the new faces in this year’s program is West Australian youngster Kayla Dickie and Victoria’s Sheree Marks.
Marks is captain of Netball Victoria’s All-Abilities State Team that participates in the annual Marie Little OAM Shield, whilst Dickie works alongside Netball WA’s community programs to support and develop opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players and communities in netball.
Based in Perth, Dickie is inspired to share her passion for netball with Aboriginal youth in Western Australia.
“By being a One Netball Ambassador, I am hoping other Aboriginal players can follow in my footsteps. I hope to help build a diverse and inclusive netball community,” Dickie said.
The full list of One Netball Ambassadors and their States and Territories are:
- NSW: Rebecca Bulley, Kimberlee Green, Sonia Mkoloma, Mo’onia Gerrard;
- VIC: Geva Mentor, Elaine Osei-Safo, Sheree Marks;
- QLD: Claire McMeniman, Beryl Friday, Jemmason Power;
- SA: Carla Borrego, Khao Watts, Leigh Waddington;
- WA: Josie Janz-Dawson, Ingrid Colyer (pictured left), Kayla Dickie;
- ACT: Sepi Hawke;
- NT: Leanne Bugg;
- TAS: Casey Batchelor
Australia Post has partnered with Netball Australia as National Diversity and Community Inclusion Partner since 2014 to deliver the One Netball program.
Through Australia Post One Netball, the netball community is engaged and empowered to establish connections with new communities, to encourage long-term involvement in the sport as players, coaches, umpires, administrators, volunteers and fans.
Netball Clubs and Associations can get involved with Australia Post One Netball in 2016 by arranging a free Connected Clubs & Communities Workshop, which can be delivered in your own Clubhouse. Downloading the Inclusion Action Plan is also a fantastic resource to help Clubs and Associations to shape their activities to create more inclusive, welcoming netball environments.
For more information on Australia Post One Netball initiatives, visit the One Netball website.