Netball Victoria celebrated Harmony Day on March 21 with a number of fun activities for staff and community netball partners.
Harmony Day aims to celebrate cultural diversity within Australia with the Victorian netball community embracing the event with open arms.
From Netball Head Quarters, the elite level ANZ Championship and ANZ NetSetGO centres, the sentiment was always the same – everyone belongs in our netball family.
Netball Victoria staff took part in the annual Taste of Harmony event and was lucky enough to have AFL Multicultural Ambassador and former footballer David Rodan on hand to share his experiences with the team.
“All the ladies I interacted with on the day were culturally aware and sounded very much engaged,” Rodan said.
The annual Taste of Harmony event emphasises the benefits that cultural diversity brings to our sport and reinforces the importance that we place on diversity as a State Sporting Association.
The official ANZ Championship Harmony Round was another great opportunity to celebrate inclusion through netball.
Matches in Melbourne and Sydney had a distinctive orange feel to them, from the colour of the match balls to the official Harmony Day ribbons worn by players, coaches, umpires and officials.
Inclusion ANZ NetSetGO centres provided half-time entertainment with the end result showcasing netballs commitment as in inclusive sport.
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The Harmony Festivities were not restricted to elite netball and even some ANZ NetSetGO centres got in on the action.
Maramba Netball Club recently held their own ‘Come & Try’ event to celebrate Harmony Day.
“The Maramba ANZ NetSetGO centre celebrated Harmony Day with our participants bringing a friend to their usual Tuesday night NetSetGO session. We had over 50 children attend which was fantastic.”
“The children had fun with dancing, shooting and rebounding, passing and also drawing their favourite position on the little Harmony Day people,” said Melissa Allen, Marambas’s ANZ NetSetGO Coordinator.
The club hopes to attract a broad range of members and ensure everyone fees welcome and included at their club.
For more information on services that Netball Victoria provides and strategies that your netball community can adopt to become more inclusive, contact Netball Victoria on 9321 2222.