As a team game with many clubs around the world, netball has always had a focus on working together, and making a difference in local communities.
In this issue, we feature netballers doing just that – from grassroots to the elite level.
At the recent New Zealand Netball Awards, the country’s grassroots netball volunteers featured alongside the stars of the elite game. Four New World Volunteer of the Year Awards were presented, to Stacey Cook (youth), Peter McInnes (coach), Therese Dixon (official) and Gwen Matchitt (administrator).
The opportunity to celebrate and honour the achievements of people at all levels of the game wasn’t lost on Stacey (pictured left): “This is a huge opportunity for me to be here, and I’m absolutely honoured to be awarded this,” Stacey said. Read more…
England Netball was delighted to hear that head coach of Libra Lea netball club, Sally Bromley, has been nominated for the Unsung Hero award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – arguably the most prestigious sports awards in the UK.
Papua New Guinea
The national team, the PMMI Pepes, took the opportunity to partner with the charity Water Aid at the Papua New Guinea Sports Expo last week. The Pepes also inspired numerous children, and helped them to learn more about netball.
To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Australian Diamonds have been encouraging the netball family to work together to create environments that promote equality and respect as a key strategy to eliminate violence against women and children.
The Tonga Netball Association has also been proactive in its support for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Representatives were out in force last week, wearing white ribbons, to take part in a parade to kick start 16 days of activism in the Pacific island nation.