Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash today joined key officials, to celebrate the launch of the Netball World Championships and Australia’s hosting of netball’s pinnacle event in Sydney in August 2015.
The World Cup will bring together elite female athletes from the world’s top 16 netball nations to represent their countries.
The Australian Government has a strong commitment to supporting and empowering women to be leaders in sport. The Australian Government is providing $3 million to assist the New South Wales Government and Netball World Cup Organising Committee in preparations for the 2015 Netball World Championships, and $3 million to complete the New South Wales Netball Central Complex at Homebush, Sydney.
Netball is the quiet leader of sport in Australia, with over one million participants, including 340,000 registered players. As the leading participation sport for women in our country, netball strengthens communities, teaches teamwork and contributes to the health and confidence of all its participants, helping them to become leaders in their own right.
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, speaking to guests on behalf of the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Australian Government, said “A vital component of the Australian Government’s agenda for a stronger Australia is supporting women into leadership roles – not only in business, but also in sport.”
Senator Cash congratulated Mrs Margie Abbott on her role as inaugural Ambassador for the Netball World Cup 2015, and said “Events such as the World Cup recognise the exceptional achievements of women, and provide great roles models for our female athletes, and what can be achieved through hard work and determination.”
As her first duty as the Netball World Cup 2015 Ambassador, Mrs Abbott presented the official Cup match ball to Marne Fechner, CEO of the Netball World Cup.
Distinguished guests at the breakfast included Molly Rhone, President of the International Netball Federation, Noeleen Dix, President, Netball Australia and former Australian netball captains, Anne Sargeant, Sharelle McMahon, Liz Ellis and Michelle den Dekker. Representative players from the current top five ranked nations participated in panel discussions at the event, including Laura Geitz–Australia, Laura Langman–New Zealand, Stacey Francis–England, Romelda Aiken–Jamaica and Vanes-Mari du Toit–South Africa.
Current World Champions, the Australian Diamonds national netball team defeated the New Zealand Silver Ferns in 2011 in Singapore. The Diamonds will be in Canberra in early December 2013, to train at the Australian Institute of Sport, in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in July 2014.