Netball WA, in conjunction with its subsidiaries Glass Jar Australia and West Coast Fever, is proud to support National Sorry Day tomorrow, and Reconciliation Week from May 27 to June 3.
National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance that gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, while Reconciliation Week will this year run under the theme of “Don’t Keep History a Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.”
Netball WA Chief Executive Officer Simon Taylor said both National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week presented opportunities to reflect on the importance of this year’s theme.
“National Sorry Day allows us to reflect on the steps we have taken as a community toward reconciliation, while remembering that there remains work to be done in improving opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous Australians,” Taylor said.
“Netball enjoys a wonderful relationship with Indigenous West Australians, and we certainly place the utmost priority on ensuring that our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan continues to play a crucial role towards improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation at all levels of our sport.”
Netball WA launched its 2018-2019 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) earlier this year, with a vision of having the organisation seen as a leader in driving reconciliation amongst its stakeholders.
Importantly, the RAP is not a stand alone document, with its outcomes embedded into Netball WA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and the 2018-2022 High Performance Plan, which were launched alongside the RAP.
Traditional Indigenous initiatives such as the Aboriginal Grassroots Sites program, as well as player pathway and development opportunities including Aboriginal Youth Gala Day and the Aboriginal All Stars Program.
Netball WA is also set to host the annual NAIDOC Netball Carnival on July 11, believed to be the largest Indigenous sporting carnival in the country, with in excess of 100 teams participating.
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as the vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.
The program now engages more than 300 students across seven delivery sites, namely, Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon, Meekatharra, Mullewa, Wiluna and Narrogin, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or higher.
The program also receives the backing of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, with the support reaffirmed late last year, with the current partnership extended for up to three years, including $1.5m in funding in the first year.
West Coast Fever are also gearing up for their second dedicated Shooting Stars game in Round 8 against the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Perth Arena, while the Club is also leading from the forefront in the League-wide Indigenous Round two weeks later, having celebrated a dedicated Indigenous Round for the past four seasons.
Fever players will wear a commemorative Indigenous dress during these two games, and will take part in a dress blessing ceremony prior.