Everyone Belongs: Vixens celebrate diversity in Inclusion Round

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The Melbourne Vixens will celebrate the Victorian netball community’s diversity in Suncorp Super Netball’s inaugural Inclusion Round when they face West Coast Fever at John Cain Arena in Round 8.

The Vixens will recognise and showcase the diversity of our netball community across three key pillars – our LGBT+ community, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and people with a disability.

The players will wear a specially designed warmup top featuring an icon symbolising the three groups, and netball’s aspiration to remain an accessible, inclusive environment for all participants.

Each player’s warmup top will also feature a brief slogan, individually selected by each athlete to reflect an inclusive message that resonates with them personally. West Coast Fever’s players will also wear the unique warmup tops in support of the Inclusion Round initiative.

On game day Netball Victoria will host a Citizenship Ceremony at John Cain Arena, an event that began taking place annually at a Vixens home game in 2019 with the support of RACV.

Victoria’s All Abilities State Team – silver medallists at the 2022 Marie Little Shield national tournament – will play a curtain raiser ahead of the Super Netball match.

In The Den, the Vixens’ activity hub at the arena, accessible events including a silent disco will take place pre-game. Proud2Play, a national organisation focused on increasing LGBT+ engagement in sport, exercise and active recreation, will also have a presence in The Den alongside Special Olympics Australia.

An Australian Sign Language interpreter will be broadcast to the big screen throughout match day.

The Ingles Family Sensory Room will also be available, ensuring a safe and inclusive space for every fan to enjoy the match – the KultureCity-certified room is in place at every Vixens home game.

“As a playing group, we’re proud to stand alongside every member of our community – no matter their background, ability or how they identify – to ensure our sport is a welcoming and inclusive space for all, because everyone belongs in netball,” said Melbourne Vixens co-captain Kate Moloney.

“Netball is a sport for all, and we’re proud to showcase the diversity of our wonderful netball community at Super Netball level,” said Netball Victoria CEO Andrea Pearman.

“This event is a fantastic recognition of each of the communities we’re celebrating, but we’re also continuing to work year-round to make our game the most accessible and inclusive it can be from grassroots to the elite.”

“We want to be the sport of choice for every Victorian, and that means creating opportunities and removing barriers at every level, every day.”

The Vixens take on West Coast Fever in Inclusion Round at John Cain Arena, 2pm Sunday 7 May

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