Gold miners back female sport in record $5m deal

Gold Industry Group has committed $5 million to Western Australian netball in a record partnership deal.

The three-year deal is said to be the largest investment in Netball WA’s 95-year history, which will go towards all levels of the sport in the state.

Gold Industry Group members that are in support of the partnership include Gold Fields, Northern Star Resources, Saracen Mineral Holdings, Newcrest Mining, St Barbara, Newmont Australia, AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Gold Road Resources and Ramelius Resources.

The partnership will see Gold Industry Group become the principal partner of Netball WA, an elite partner of West Coast Fever and the first premier partner of Shooting Stars.

“We are delighted by the opportunity to support netball and women’s sport on a scale never before seen in Australia,” Gold Industry Group vice chairperson Kelly Carter said.

Netball WA chief executive and West Coast Fever managing director Simon Taylor added, “This partnership will empower our 230,000 participants across Western Australia to take control of their netball destiny, shape their journey, and work together towards our common purpose of advancing netball, advancing communities.

“Never before has there been an investment of this level in women’s sport in our state.”

Shooting Stars executive officer Fran Haintz said the investment would result in more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in schools furthering their education.

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