More than 400 people are registered to play netball in Katherine.
“It’s a sport for everyone,” local netball ambassador Leanne Bugg said.
In a town where competitive sports also compete with each other for players, netball maintains a solid fan base.
Its Thursday night competition is going gangbusters and Ms Bugg said the sport has been able to reach to the remote outback.
She was speaking at the Katherine School of the Air’s end of semester athletic sports on June 23, which drew children from across the region, including the Craigs from Mistake Creek Station on the NT/WA border.
They love playing netball as a family.
Ms Bugg has joined Australia Post in calling for nominations for the 2017 netball community awards.
Netball communities across Australia can shine a light on the individuals, clubs and associations who create and support diverse and inclusive netball environments, with nominations now open for the 2017 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards.
Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate those who go above and beyond to ensure everyone, regardless of background, skill or ability, is welcome in netball.
Up to nine winners will be announced by an independent judging panel, with a newly created Ambassadors’ Choice Award to be presented in 2017, voted on by the 20 Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors.
Australia Post Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett, said the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards celebrate the true champions of the game.
“We’re committed to creating a more inclusive Australia, so we’re excited to celebrate those who open their netball club doors, welcome new faces and use the power of sport to help communities work better for everyone.
“We particularly want to recognise those who reach out to diverse groups, including multicultural and Indigenous Australians, socio-economically disadvantaged communities, people with disability and rural and regional communities.
“Netball is a fantastic way to build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities.”
Nominations for the awards are now open at www.onenetball.org.au and close at midnight (AEST) on Sunday, July 30.
Winners will be announced on Monday, August 28.
Winners will receive:
• $1000 Australia Post Load&Go Visa Prepaid Gift Card for the relevant winning nominated netball club or netball association (as per the relevant nomination);
• Visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador to the winning netball club or netball association;
• Netball signed by the 2017 Australian Diamonds Team; and
• Certificate from the Australia Post One Netball Program.
Ms Bugg said the One Netball program was for everyone.
“Whether they are remote or in town,” she said.
“Regardless of age or culture or location, netball is being enjoyed by many people.”