Mount Isa Amateur Netball Association has paid honour to Naidoc Week in support this year's theme of "Healing Country".
With over one in 10 members identifying as Indigenous, MIANA President Zara Kuskopf said it was important for MIANA to honour Naidoc Week.
"We have many members who proudly identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who are part of our Management Committee, MIANA Committee, right through to our coaches and players. It's a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the relationship netball shares within the diverse community we play and live," Ms Kuskopf said.
At a representative level, this year MIANA introduced a new representative playing uniform and are appreciative of Kalkadoon community who supported MIANA with the new design and allowing a symbol of their totem, the Emu, to be on the dresses and umpire shirts.
Christine Mann, MIANA Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, and proud Woppaburra woman said the rates of local participation was strong.
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"2020 saw netball nationally draw criticism in the Indigenous round and lack of First Nation representation, however out in the regions and here in the North West we have growing participation rates and strong talent that we are proud of," Ms Mann said.
"Twelve percent of our membership identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and we had solid numbers in our representative teams that have travelled outside of Mount Isa to play as well as diversity at all levels of our association committees, coaches and fixture teams."
Ms Kuskopf said netball was a great sport and court skills around goal setting and team work were transferable into future education and career roles.
"Anyone wishing to introduce their children to the game, we have our Net Set Go Program beginning July 16 for boys and girls aged five to ten years old and details can be found on the Mount Isa Netball Association Facebook page", she said.
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