Gina Rinehart’s sponsorship of the National Netball team draws the ire of Sharni Norder

Gina Rinehart’s move that has angered Australia’s long-time netball captain: ‘It’s unacceptable, the sport needs to be better’

  • Netball legend slams national body for taking money from Gina Rinehart
  • Billionaire Miner Hancock Prospecting To Support The Diamonds Team
  • “It is unacceptable to put our brand next to an outspoken climate denier”

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Former Australia captain Sharni Norder criticized Netball Australia’s decision to accept mining billionaire Gina Rinehart’s sponsorship for her Diamonds national team.

Norder (née Layton), who played 46 times for Australia and captained the team in 2017, called on the governing body to ‘do better’ despite his precarious financial situation.

Earlier this year, the sport’s cash crisis was revealed, with the Covid-19 pandemic contributing to losses of more than $7 million over the past two years.

Norder, who switched to AFLW in 2018, is an ambassador for the Sports Environment Alliance and said netball should not be associated with Rinehart, whom she called a ‘climate denier’.

Former Australia captain Sharni Norder criticized Netball Australia's decision to accept mining billionaire Gina Rinehart's sponsorship for her Diamonds national team (pictured)

Former Australia captain Sharni Norder criticized Netball Australia’s decision to accept mining billionaire Gina Rinehart’s sponsorship for her Diamonds national team (pictured)

“As a proud ambassador for @SEA_theChange, it is unacceptable to put our brand next to an outspoken climate denier,” Norder tweeted Thursday.

“We have invested too much in our sport to give social license to a company whose profit-at-all-costs attitude endangers our future. Be better’.

Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, will support the Diamonds through the end of 2025, with the money going to the team’s high-performance program.

It comes at a key time for the national team as it prepares for the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town and the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Norder (pictured) (née Layton), who played 46 times for Australia and captained the team in 2017, called on the governing body to 'do better' despite his precarious financial situation.

Norder (pictured) (née Layton), who played 46 times for Australia and captained the team in 2017, called on the governing body to 'do better' despite his precarious financial situation.

Norder (pictured) (née Layton), who played 46 times for Australia and captained the team in 2017, called on the governing body to ‘do better’ despite his precarious financial situation.

The athlete said that Netball Australia should not be associated with what she describes as a climate denier.

The athlete said that Netball Australia should not be associated with what she describes as a climate denier.

The athlete said that Netball Australia should not be associated with what she describes as a climate denier.

Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan said the code was “incredibly appreciative” of Rinehart’s support.

“This is a great investment for our sport and is a great contribution to the continued success of the Diamonds,” Ryan said in a statement Thursday.

“We are incredibly grateful to this leading Australian private company, Hancock Prospecting, for their significant support and partnership.”

The Hancock Prospecting logo will appear on the Diamonds’ uniforms when they take on New Zealand in the Constellation Cup next month.

Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, has also invested in elite level swimming, synchronized swimming, rowing and women’s volleyball along with a multi-million dollar commitment to the AOC.

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