Lauren Coelli from the Albury Netball Association; Robinvale Euston Football Netball Club; and the Southern Football Netball League have all been awarded for creating an inclusive environment and celebrating diversity in their netball community.
The three Victorians recognised were among eight award winners announced by Netball Australia today.
Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King, said it was great to see some locals recognised as part of the national awards.
“Congratulations to the Victorians recognised with 2017 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards today.
“It is wonderful to see three Victorians on the winners list, and more importantly recognise individuals and associations in our community that are working hard to break down barriers, embrace diversity and welcome everyone to our game,” said King.
Read below for more on the Victorian winners:
Lauren Coelli (Albury Netball Association) – Lauren Coelli has had a significant impact on the lives of many young girls in the Albury area.
Volunteering her weekend to run Inclusion NetSetGO for refugees from Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Coelli breaks down cultural barriers with these girls and local netball clubs.
Many of the participants have now progressed on to play for local netball clubs, thanks to the contribution of Coelli.
Robinvale Euston Netball Club (Sunraysia Football and Netball Association) – Robinvale Euston Netball Club celebrates and welcomes players from all cultural backgrounds.
Working to make netball accessible to all, the club introduces initiatives such as flexible payment processes, free uniforms and assistance to get players to games and training sessions.
Southern Football Netball League (Springvale and District Netball Association) – The Southern Football Netball League promotes participation in sport, regardless of sexuality.
The league celebrates the LGBTIQ members of their community, with a league-wide Pride Round in August.
The round focused on promoting equality, making LGBTIQ people feel welcome and raising awareness of the mental health effects of homophobia.
Does your club or association also promote inclusive netball?
Then nominate them for the Inclusive Netball Community of the Year award at the Netball Victoria Community Awards! Visit netb.al/2tJdfIf to find out more.