One Netball Ambassadors visit regional centres

Barooga1The footprint of One Netball continues to be left all over Australia with Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors spreading the message of inclusion and diversity to regional communities across the country.

Throughout March, newly-appointed One Netball Ambassadors Elaine Osei-Safo, Johannah Curran and Jemmason Power visited remote communities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Over 400 children aged between eight and 12 in Barooga, on the border of NSW and Victoria, were visited by Osei-Safo, who delighted locals at a Sports Carnival held at the Barooga Sports Club.

The clinic conducted by Netball Victoria in conjunction with AFL Victoria encouraged teamwork and creating inclusive environments.

Curran took to regional Victoria to present a Connected Clubs and Communities Workshop at Bendigo, with representatives from regional football and netball leagues, as well as netball associations in attendance.

Barooga 7The Workshop, also supported by Australia Post, discusses the ‘7 Pillars of Inclusion’ which is a framework developed by Play by the Rules to help Clubs and Associations to identify the strengths and weaknesses in their approach to inclusion across all community groups.

North Queensland towns Mount Isa and Cloncurry were both visited by Power who conducted community clinics and presentations.

Power delighted local school children from surrounding communities at the Cloncurry Community Participation Clinic, after delivering an inspirational speech at the Cloncurry Women’s Day Luncheon in front of 150 women as part of the community’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

image10Power was then accompanied by Netball Queensland’s Community Engagement and Legacy Coordinator, Lisa Caruana, who delivered a Connected Clubs and Communities workshop to the Mount Isa Netball Association.

Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors Geva Mentor, Claire McMeniman and Josie Janz also took part in International Women’s Day events in March at Australia Post offices across Australia, inspiring local staff with stories of how they ‘make it happen’, which was the theme of IWD 2015.

The ANZ Championship players from the One Netball Ambassador group then shared their favourite recipes in support of A Taste of Harmony, a celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity through food, as well as their plans for Harmony Day to celebrate the Harmony Day Round.