Australian Diamond netball superstar, Kimberlee Green, is teaming up with Telstra to recognise and reward Australia's netball heroes through the inaugural Telstra Netball Hero award.
A Telstra Netball Hero is someone who dedicates their time and energy to provide support and expertise for the game at a community level.
They may be a coach, umpire, score keeper, a person who tends to injuries or a dedicated volunteer who is courtside at every match, supporting the players.
Kimberlee nominated her own mum, Denise, as her Telstra Netball Hero and is calling on local residents to nominate someone in their community who has encouraged and supported their netball journey.
'I started playing netball at a young age, so mum played a massive role in supporting me in my training, driving me to matches and providing the encouragement I needed to play at a representative level," said Kimberlee.
'Mum's success as an Olympic swimmer gave me the inspiration and drive to succeed in my sporting endeavors and she was always there to provide the emotional support which is so important."
Kimberlee's close bond with her mother and their netball story can be viewed online, at www.facebook.com/telstranetball.
To nominate a Telstra Netball Hero, visit www.facebook.com/telstranetball and explain in 100 words or less 'who your 2014 Telstra Netball Hero is and why they deserve to be rewarded."
A finalist from every state and territory will receive a $500 grant for the registered netball team, club or association connected to their Telstra Netball Hero, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G plus a signed netball.
The national Telstra Netball Hero Award winner will receive a VIP experience at their closest State Team Gala Dinner, including return airfares to the nearest capital city of their closest State Team Gala Dinner and airport transfers (unless the winner's nearest capital city and location of the dinner are in the same city), two nights' accommodation and a day spa voucher. The national winner will also receive a $1,000 grant for the registered netball team, club or association connected to the 2014 Telstra Netball Hero and two signed team shirts.
Entries close on 9th June 2014. Telstra Netball Heroes finalists will be announced on 23rd June and the 2014 Winner will be revealed on 21st August 2014.