Netball Australia

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Discover Netball Australia, a pivotal force in growing and showcasing netball nationwide since 1927. From its roots in the All Australian Women’s Basketball Association to its evolution into Netball Australia, this organization holds a vital role in developing the sport. Featuring a rich history, accolades like the Spirit of Netball Awards, Hall of Fame members, and the dominant Origin Diamonds national team, Netball Australia truly shines. Immerse yourself in the world of netball and uncover the achievements, leadership, and dedication that have molded this sport into a powerhouse.

About Netball Australia

Learn about Netball Australia, the national governing body for netball in Australia. Netball Australia has a rich history dating back to 1927, when the All Australian Women’s Basketball Association was formed. Today, it plays a crucial role in the development and promotion of netball across the country. With over 1.2 million participants, netball is the largest team sport in Australia and holds a special place as the number one sport for Australian girls. Netball Australia’s main objectives include fostering growth, connecting with local communities, and empowering women through sport.

Notably, Australia has a long-standing tradition of success in netball, with the national team, the Origin Diamonds, achieving Commonwealth Games and World Cup victories. The Suncorp Super Netball competition, under the guidance of Netball Australia, has become a premier women’s sporting league globally.

Netball Australia is dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion in the sport, working with different communities to ensure everyone has access to netball opportunities. By championing female empowerment and promoting a healthy, inclusive environment, Netball Australia continues to shape the future of netball in Australia.

History of Netball Australia

Netball Australia’s history traces back to its origins in 1927 with the formation of the All Australian Women’s Basketball Association, marking a significant milestone in the development of the sport in the country. Initially known as the All Australia Women’s Basketball Association, the organization evolved over the years to become the All Australia Netball Association in the 1970s. By the 1980s, it was officially incorporated as Netball Australia.

The national governing body saw Tasmania join in 1933, with the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory becoming members in 1975 and 1977, respectively. The game continued to grow, shedding the ‘women’ label from its name, emphasizing the sport’s inclusivity.

Netball Australia’s Council, composed of representatives from each state and territory, oversees the sport’s development. The Council elects a Board of Directors responsible for governance and operations, ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of netball in Australia.

Spirit of Netball: Award receipients

Explore the distinguished individuals who have been honored with the Spirit of Netball awards. Below is a table showcasing some of the notable recipients of this prestigious award:

Norma Plummer AM2011
Sharon Kelly OAM2014
Marj Kerslake2021

These remarkable individuals have made significant contributions to the sport of netball, embodying the values of sportsmanship, leadership, and dedication. The Spirit of Netball award recognizes their outstanding achievements and commitment to the game. Norma Plummer AM, Sharon Kelly OAM, and Marj Kerslake have left a lasting impact on the netball community through their passion and contributions. Their legacy continues to inspire future generations of netball players and administrators.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Check out the remarkable individuals who’ve been inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame. Here are some key points about the Hall of Fame inductees:

YearNameStateElevated to LegendNotes
2008Joyce Brown OAMVictoria2015
2008Margaret Caldow OAM BEMVictoria
2008Jean Cowan MBE*Victoria
2008Eunice Gill MBE*Victoria
2008Deirdre Hyland AM*Queensland
2008Anne Sargeant OAMNew South Wales2019
2008Vicki Wilson OAMQueensland
2009Gwen Benzie AM*South Australia
2009Anne Clark BEM (C)*New South Wales
2009Michelle den Dekker OAMSouth Australia
2009Lorna McConchie*Victoria
2009Jill McIntosh AMWestern Australia
2009Gaye TeedeWestern Australia2023
2010Maureen Boyle OAMNew South Wales
2010Chris Burton OAMSouth Australia
2010Keeley Devery OAMNew South Wales2022
2010Kathryn Harby-Williams AMSouth Australia
2010Dot McHugh* OAMNew South Wales
2010Simone McKinnis OAMVictoria
2010Shelley O’Donnell OAMVictoria
2010Margaret Pewtress OAM*Victoria
2010Wilma Shakespear AMVictoria2019
2010Carissa Tombs OAMNew South Wales2021
2011Liz Ellis AONew South Wales
2011Julie FrancouSouth Australia
2012Myrtle Baylis*Victoria
2012Grace Bryant OAMNew South Wales
2012Annette SimperWestern Australia
2014Pat McCarthy*Victoria
2015Marcia Ella-Duncan OAMNew South Wales
2015Norma Plummer AMVictoria
2019Sharelle McMahonVictoria
2019Elsma Merillo OAMWestern Australia
2021Dot LavaterWestern Australia
2022Margaret Molina OAMVictoria
2022Stella NortheyVictoria
2023Sue Kenny OAMNew South Wales
2023Pam RedmondVictoria

*Denotes deceased

These individuals have dedicated their lives to the sport of netball, whether through playing at the highest level, supporting community netball, or influencing the development of the game nationally and internationally.

The Netball Australia Hall of Fame serves as a testament to their outstanding achievements and contributions to the sport.

National Team

Regularly dominating the international stage, the Origin Diamonds are known as the Commonwealth Games and World Cup champions. The Origin Diamonds, representing Australia, have consistently showcased their talent and skill, earning them the title of the official number one team in the world. Their performance in the Suncorp Super Netball competition has captivated audiences worldwide, with over 8 million viewers tuning in to witness their excellence.

Commonwealth Games Gold2014Glasgow, Scotland
Commonwealth Games Gold2018Gold Coast, Aus
World Cup Gold1991Sydney, Aus
World Cup Gold1995Birmingham, UK
World Cup Gold2011Singapore

The Origin Diamonds’ legacy of success is a testament to their dedication and passion for the sport. As they continue to inspire future generations of netball players, their achievements solidify their place as legends in the world of netball.