Netball communities across Australia can shine a light on the individuals, Clubs and Associations who create and support inclusive netball environments, with nominations now open for the 2016 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards.
Now in its third year, the Awards celebrate those who go above and beyond to ensure everyone, regardless of background, skill or ability, is welcome in netball.
Australian Diamonds player and Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, Clare McMeniman, said the Awards are a great way to share the stories of those who use the power of the game to create a safe, inclusive and fun environment for all.
“Since the Awards’ inception in 2014, we’ve uncovered many inspiring stories of inclusion champions who go out of their way to build more welcoming netball communities,” McMeniman said.
“We’re on the lookout for passionate advocates both on and off the court – from coaches and umpires to players, parents and volunteers – who work tirelessly to connect people in their local neighbourhoods to our great game.
“So if you know someone who has worked hard to drive or nurture an open and inclusive environment through netball, we encourage you to go online and nominate them now.”
There are great prizes to be awarded to up to eight winners, who will be chosen to receive prize packs worth more than $1000 including Australia Post Load&Go cards for the winners’ Club or Association.
Australia Post Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett, said the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards celebrate the true champions of the game.
“We are passionate about building positive, inclusive and welcoming communities and we want to celebrate those who help make this happen,” Corbett said.
“We particularly want to recognise those who reach out to diverse groups, including multicultural and Indigenous Australians, socio-economically disadvantaged communities, people with a disability and rural and regional communities.
“Netball is a fantastic way to bring people together and build awareness, empathy and understanding of diverse groups, as well as break down personal and social barriers.”
Nominations for the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards are now open by visiting the One Netball website and close at midnight (AEST) on Sunday, 31 July. Winners will be announced on Monday, 29 August.
Previous One Netball Community Award winners have come from metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia including Paraburdoo in the Pilbara, Kangaroo Island off South Australia’s coast, Lismore in New South Wales’ Far North Coast, Echuca and Bendigo in North Central Victoria, as well as Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Wollongong.
A series of videos have also been launched to share the inspirational stories of three 2015 One Netball Community Award winners.