In an exciting development for Netball WA’s Shooting Stars program, participants have this week confirmed their dress designs and team names ahead of some upcoming competition opportunities in 2016.
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar, Shooting Stars aims to use netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
It is a reward system, providing students with direct incentive to meet attendance criteria and participate in the program, including each site competing in netball carnivals as a team.
The program recently encouraged each and every student to submit a design in order for their team dresses to best represent their respective communities, with the final 4 dresses heavily influenced by those submissions.
Netball WA reached out to Perth based Indigenous artist Jilalga Murray-Ranui to assist in the design process, while Jatu clothing, a Pilbara Aboriginal family business, will produce the dresses.
Shooting Stars participants have also agreed on their team names; Halls Creek Starlets, Derby Storm, Carnarvon Breakers and Meekatharra Queens.
The selection of dresses and team names has been a significant step according to Netball WA General Manager of Indigenous Programs, Fran Haintz.
“It’s been wonderful to watch the students engage in this process,” Haintz said.
“Pride is one of our core values in Shooting Stars, so for these girls to take ownership of the designing of their dresses and naming of their teams in order to appropriately acknowledge their communities is really encouraging.”
“To also be able to complete the project with the help of an Indigenous artist, as well as a clothing company owned and operated by an Indigenous family, provides a fantastic example to the students of the opportunities that an education can facilitate and compliments our holistic approach to the program.”
The Halls Creek Starlets and Derby Storm are set to compete in the Kimberly Cup at the conclusion of term 2.
Following a successful pilot program in 2015, Shooting Stars took full flight at the beginning of the year and currently reaches more than 200 students across 4 separate sites in Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon and Meekatharra.
Shooting Stars is proudly supported by the Australian Government.