Netball WA, West Coast Fever and Shooting Stars are proud to celebrate NAIDOC Week and support this year’s theme of ‘Because of Her, We Can’.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This year’s theme is focused around the important roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – in the community, and at local, state and national levels.
Netball WA’s NAIDOC Week celebrations will be highlighted by the NAIDOC Netball Carnival on Wednesday, July 11 at the Wembley Sports Park, with more than 100 teams expected to take part in the competition, further cementing its position as one of the largest Indigenous sporting event in Australia.
Netball WA staff will also take part in a range of other NAIDOC Week activities, while the West Australian Netball League is preparing to host its inaugural Indigenous Round during games at the State Netball Centre, HBF Arena and Darling Range Sports College.
Earlier this year, Netball WA launched its 2018-2019 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which sees the organisation strive to be a leader in driving reconciliation amongst its stakeholders, with Chief Executive Officer Simon Taylor acknowledging the importance of our public commitment in the NAIDOC Week celebrations.
“NAIDOC Week is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, the strong relationship netball shares with the Indigenous communities of Western Australia,” Taylor said.
“This year’s theme particularly resonates with our sport, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the outstanding contributions of the thousands of Indigenous women who have paved the way for countless Indigenous girls to play netball right across the State.”
“Importantly, our Reconciliation Action Plan is not a stand alone document; it is firmly embedded in our newly launched 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and 2018-2022 High Performance Plan.”
At the elite level, West Coast Fever celebrated Suncorp Super Netball’s inaugural League-wide Indigenous Round during Saturday night’s game against the Sunshine Coast Lightning at HBF Stadium, where both teams wore their Indigenous dresses.
The dress was designed by Noongar artists Peter Farmer and Kylie Graham, incorporating two major design features; separate Aboriginal women’s symbols representing each member of the playing squad, patterned onto a series of significant waterholes in Whadjuk Country.
It was the second time Fever had the opportunity to wear their dress, after they wore it during their Round 8 match against the Adelaide Thunderbirds, which was the Club’s dedicated Shooting Stars Round.
In addition, Shooting Stars continues to affect genuine change in the lives of more than 300 participants in seven sites across Western Australia, namely; Carnarvon, Derby, Halls Creek, Meekatharra, Mullewa, Narrogin and Wiluna, while an eighth site in Leonora is set for launch later this year.
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