Netball World Cup Grant
In the lead up to the Netball World Cup, the Australian Government provided $250,000 to Netball Australia to ensure Samoa, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia could participate.
Supporting the participation of these teams helped to challenge entrenched perceptions of women in many of these countries, and showcase them as confident, strong, skilled and capable athletes.
Through its aid program, the Australian Government is committed to promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
Australia’s sporting assets on display
Australia’s support of the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney was a focus of an international media visit hosted by DFAT.
This visit brought a group of influential journalists from Asia, Africa and the UK to Australia to showcase Australia’s world-class sporting assets and show first-hand why Australia is a leader in sports investment. The visit was also an opportunity to promote Australia’s international collaboration and institutional connections across sport, investment and trade.
The journalists met with Netball Australia and the Local Organising Committee to discuss the effects the World Cup would have for Australian sport, tourism and trade, and the opportunity to promote Australia’s passion for sport in a regional context.
The journalists also met with key sporting bodies including the Australian Institute of Sport and the Football Federation of Australia, and heard about how these organisations are investing and developing Australian sport and what lessons can be applied in their countries.