Netball in WA proud to support International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019

Netball WA, West Coast Fever and Glass Jar Australia are proud to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), and support this year’s theme of Balance for Better.

This year’s theme aims to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

As the governing body of Western Australia’s leading women’s sport, International Women’s Day is a chance to reflect on the significant role netball continues to play in the lives of more than 230,000 participants across the State.

At the elite level, Suncorp Super Netball continues to set the standard for women’s sport, something West Coast Fever is incredibly proud to be part of, with the Club’s purpose to inspire and make you proud.

With a collective bargaining agreement supporting players to continue both professional and education pursuits, a maternity leave scheme and an average player salary of $66,500, Suncorp Super Netball continues to lead the way for female sport.

At the grassroots level, we are incredibly proud to deliver programs that grow each year.

Netball in WA proudly boasted more than 230,000 participants across the State in 2019, including the second highest number of Suncorp NetSetGO participants in the country.

Furthermore, the NAIDOC Netball Carnival has cemented itself as one of the largest Indigenous sporting carnivals in Australia.

The Shooting Stars program continues to affect genuine change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living in Western Australia’s remote and rural communities.

Now engaging more than 350 participants across eight delivery sites, the Shooting Stars program is 100% staffed by females.

We asked our female leaders within Netball WA: What does International Women’s Day mean for you?

 Stacey Marinkovich – Head Coach West Coast Fever

“International Women’s Day has been, is and should always be the celebration of all women, no matter their background, culture, lifestyle choice or profession. Women are such a central part of our society and make an invaluable contribution, no matter their role, in our broader growth and development. Rather than celebrating, and subsequently encouraging, the ‘ideal’ or ‘prototype’ woman, this day should be all about shining a light on all of the different types of women who make us who we are.”

 Liz Booth – General Manager of Community Netball

“A gender-balanced world is everyone’s business – we are empowering women and girls in our netball communities and collectively we can do the same for women everywhere.”

 Fran Haintz – Shooting Stars Executive Officer

“#BalanceforBetter the theme for 2019 International Women’s Day is truly reflective of the current status of gender equity in our world! There is still some way to go! At Shooting Stars, Netball WA and West Coast Fever, however, we are well positioned to continue to drive for balance through the opportunities we provide for the diverse community of women in Western Australia. I am truly honoured to be a leader of this ambition!”

 Morag Croser – West Coast Fever General Manager

“For me, International Women’s Day simultaneously recognises and celebrates the incredible achievements of women all over the world, whilst at the same time highlighting the disturbing fact that inequality still exists for many and that we must continue to drive positive change in this space. It is an opportunity for men and women alike to champion the gender equality cause and provide a platform for equal opportunity, which in turn contributes to a more gender balanced society.”

 “It’s encouraging to see an emergence of a more gender balanced awareness and approach within sport and Netball WA and the West Coast Fever are proud and active advocates for this.”

 Kayleigh Morgan – Merchandise & Licensing Coordinator

“International Women’s Day is a celebration of all the women who came before us who have paved the way of opportunity. To me, IWD is a reminder that I am able to play the sport I love and work in a career and industry I love because of those who have fought to create a better balance of opportunities for women especially in the sporting world.”

 Kobie Combes – Participation Manager

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the hard work and contribution that the women in our sport and communities make on a daily basis! Without this type of passion and commitment the sport of netball wouldn’t be where it is today. For me it is an opportunity to stop and celebrate the ongoing contribution made by my female colleagues and peers to make netball the best sport in the nation.”