Uniform design celebrates significance

The uniforms pay respect to generations of netball players who played before them.
The uniforms pay respect to generations of netball players who played before them.

The Busselton Netball Association is a strong netball affiliated group. 

There are more than 1000 girls playing in the BNA and from these a number of players are selected to participate in development sessions to improve their skills with the hope they may further their career as netballers. 

Recently there have been a number of development carnivals for the girls to test their skills. The girls in development wear a uniform that has a significant history behind it. 

The NAIDOC uniforms are particularly significant and Gwen Grey has the story of this dress.

“The side of the dress has the word Undalup which is the Noongar name for Busselton and the design on it reflects an important meeting place where Noongar people use to meet, it's near water so when it rains and the sun is out at the same time you can see the colours in the water a bit like a rainbow,” she said.

The side of the dress has the word Undalup which is the Noongar name for Busselton...

Gwen Grey

“The second design starts with a meeting place with the word Undalup around it, it's where our Noongar girls have come together to play netball and the journey that was started to have more Noongar girls play. 

“The second picture, of the bee, is an acknowledgment and tribute that the older girls from the original Djilyara team, wanted to add and show respect to those involved, who started the teams, for all their hard work helping them get involved with the BNA.

“Lastly the word Wadjak is Noongar for Perth where our NAIDOC journey takes us,” she said.

The players designed their netball uniforms for NAIDOC Week.

The players designed their netball uniforms for NAIDOC Week.

The uniforms reflect an important Noongar meeting place. Images supplied.

The uniforms reflect an important Noongar meeting place. Images supplied.