Netball WA, West Coast Fever and Shooting Stars are proud to celebrate Harmony Day and embrace its multicultural community, which includes players, coaches, umpires, officials and volunteers across the State.
Harmony Day is a chance to acknowledge our country as one of inclusiveness, respect and ensuring a sense of belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic backgrounds.
At the grassroots level, Netball WA proudly hosts the Multicultural Netball Carnival on an annual basis.
First run in 2015, the one-day carnival promotes participation and engages players from a wide variety of ethnicities to foster their netball skills in a fun and encouraging environment.
The Carnival has grown since its inaugural year, now boasting more than 500 participants across 64 teams, with more than 60 nationalities represented.
The Carnival was recognised for its outstanding work in 2016, after being named the inaugural winner of the True Sport Award at the West Australian Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.
Last year Netball WA joined seven other WA sporting bodies in providing a clear way for women from diverse backgrounds to participate more easily with the release of a multicultural uniform guide.
At the elite level, West Coast Fever proudly boasts athletes from three different nations, including Australia, Jamaica (Jhaniele Fowler) and England (Stacey Francis).
Shooting Stars continues to be guided by the communities in which the program runs, ensuring inclusivity of not only its participants, but also the wider Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
Netball WA will also run its annual Aboriginal Youth Gala Day on April 7, with strong support for the event once again.
Across the State, Netball in WA is proud to employ staff members from diverse backgrounds, including First Nations as well as staff from Indonesia, England, Norfolk Island, the Pacific Islands, Northern Ireland, Italy, Canada, Scotland, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Germany.
Netball WA Chief Executive Officer Simon Taylor said netball was committed to ensuring that it continued to foster an inclusive environment for all participants.
“We have a clear vision to be the sport of choice in Western Australia, and as a governing body, we’re focused on making sure our game is as accessible as possible regardless of age, gender, race or religion,” Taylor said.
“Our purpose of advancing netball, advancing communities is something we’re committed to, and Harmony Day is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the multiculturalism of our vast netball community across the State.”
For more information on the Multicultural Carnival, click here.