The 2015 Australia Post One Netball Community Award winners were announced today, which include the following individuals, Clubs and Associations:

  • Rusty Hazel for supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball community through the Woola Woola Koolangkas in Balga, Western Australia. (Individual Award)
  • Karina Franke for the development of her Disability Trust Eagles Netball program to enable people with a disability to learn the skills of netball in the Illawarra region, New South Wales. (Individual Award)
  • St Mary's Netball Club for its efforts to support girls, women and families from multicultural communities in their Club in Dandenong, Victoria. (Club Award)
  • Paraburdoo Netball Association for creating opportunities for increased netball participation in their remote community in the Pilbara region, Western Australia. (Association Award)
  • Christine Perry for her work to support and engage the Karen community from Burma in netball at Golden City Netball Association in Bendigo, Victoria. (Individual Award)
  • Kuringai Netball Association for the ongoing support of their Allstars program, supporting players with an intellectual disability for more than 15 years in South Turramurra, New South Wales. (Association Award)
  • Julijana Caldwell for engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, women and the broader community through her support of the Bundjalarms Netball Club in Lismore, New South Wales. (Individual Award)

Australia Post and Netball Australia encouraged individuals, Clubs and Associations from across the country, to nominate their local inclusion champions for the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards, which are now in their second year.

The Awards recognise and reward the individuals, Clubs and Associations that go above and beyond to create and support inclusive netball environments.

Australia Post Chief Marketing Officer, Greg Sutherland said these Awards created a platform to celebrate what is being achieved behind the scenes to ensure the game of netball is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or ability.

"Congratulations to our winners, who are creating more inclusive netball communities across Australia in regional and remote areas, for people with a disability, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and multicultural communities. They are harnessing the power of netball to bring people together, create understanding and awareness and contribute something really positive to their local communities."

Rebecca Bulley, Australian Diamonds player and Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, also congratulated this year's winners and commended them for making netball more inclusive for everyone.

"These winners are the true champions of our sport. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet with the people that are behind some of these programs and to witness the joy on the participants' faces as they participate in netball," Bulley said.

"And it wasn't just the participants who had smiles on their faces, it was their families too. Netball is a wonderful way to bring communities together."

The seven winners will receive prize packs worth more than $1,000, including Australia Post Load&Go cards, a netball signed by the 2015 Australian Netball Diamonds plus a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador to their Club or Association.
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