Australia Post and Netball Australia yesterday announced the eight winners of the 2019 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards for their dedication to creating diverse and inclusive netball environments.
Netball ACT is proud to announce that Jonathan Toze of Tuggeranong District Association was selected as a 2019 recipient for the ACT. Mr Toze was nominated for his commitment to developing and implementing a pathway for all-abilities players within the traditional structure of netball. An advocate for inclusion within the sport, he has successfully incorporated an all-abilities program at the Tuggeranong netball centre with weekly games and skill development.
Acting General Manager of Netball ACT Nicole Bowles sees the award and recognition as a great indicator of the importance that netball places on building diverse and inclusive connections within the community “Netball is a great inclusive sport. The ability to empower, connect and include people from a broader spectrum of our community is what our sport is all about. The work that Jonathan and Tuggeranong Netball Association have done to deliver this program is testament to how important inclusion is to us at all-levels of Netball in the ACT.”
Bowles goes on to add “This is the future of netball, as we continue to watch our sport meet the needs to create connections within the community”.
Upon receiving the news of his recognition in the 2019 Awards Mr Toze said “I am deeply honoured to have received the Australia Post One Netball Community Award. This award reflects the whole effort of Tuggeranong Netball Association and the Black Mountain School who came together to deliver a sporting competition for people of all abilities across the ACT region. It gives me such great pleasure to see not just the players with disability take the court and participate, but all of our Tuggeranong players who join in each round celebrating each goal together, and the families who share what is a common experience of many Australian families, cheering their children on from the side lines.”
Netball Australia CEO, Marne Fechner, said the Awards, now in its sixth year, celebrate community champions across the country who go above and beyond to ensure that everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities, are welcome in netball.
“This year’s winners absolutely embody the values of the One Netball program by embracing inclusion and demonstrating how our growing and changing Australian community can connect through the game of netball,” she said.
In recognition of his efforts Mr Toze will receive a visit from an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador where they’ll be presented with an Australia Post Gift Card, a netball signed by the 2019 Samsung Australian Diamonds team and a Certificate from the Australia Post One Netball Program.