NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2019 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards.
The awards recognise champions in local communities who develop inclusive netball environments.
The awards celebrate community champions in clubs and associations across the country who go above and beyond to ensure that everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities, are welcome in the sport.
Australia Post general manager community and philatelic, Andrea Pearman, said the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards highlighted a positive change under way across Australia led by passionate quiet achievers who were creating more inclusive communities through netball.
"Past winners have demonstrated a commitment to creating welcoming environments for existing and new participants including people with disability, regional and remote communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, multicultural communities, and socio-economically disadvantaged communities," Ms Pearman said.
"With inspirational and empowering stories each year, we will again celebrate unsung heroes who are helping change our local communities through netball."
Australian Diamonds and Melbourne Vixens player Caitlin Thwaites said the awards had helped transform communities, with volunteers supporting activities and initiatives that broke down barriers.
"This is a positive change that affects the fabric of local communities and it's fantastic to see that first hand when I visit regions across the country," she said.
Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said netball at all levels was making an important contribution to building a more inclusive Australia.
"Netball continues to break down barriers, and we're seeing brilliant programs implemented in communities across the country; programs that ensure our sport provides a safe and welcoming environment for all people regardless of race, religion or gender," she said.
"There are so many inspiring stories of clubs, associations and individuals who make a difference. In sharing their stories, we hope we can motivate other clubs and communities to find their own ways to create inclusiveness."
Nominations are now open until Sunday, June 30, with one winner from each state and territory to be chosen and announced on Thursday, August 15.
Each winner will receive prizes worth more than $1,000 including an Australia Post gift card for the winners' club or association, a netball signed by the 2019 Australian Diamonds team, and a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador to the club or association.
The awards are now in their sixth year.
To nominate for this year's awards go to the website onenetball.org.au.