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Victoria University announces netball sponsorship

Victoria University will officially announce its five year sponsorship of Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens on Friday 14th February at 11am.

This will be the first partnership between an Australian university and an elite women’s sporting team and highlights Victoria University’s ever growing status as Australia’s Sports University.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins said, “This partnership with Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens reinforces our commitment to women’s sport and our desire to offer opportunities for young sportswomen to excel.”

Well known sports commentator, Luke Darcy will MC the event. Best known for his insightful football commentary and as a former star player with the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Luke is also an experienced netball commentator having worked in the past with the ANZ Championship broadcast team.

Dr Susan Alberti AO, advocate for women’s sport will speak about the importance of supporting women’s sport in Australia: and Bianca Chatfield, captain of the Melbourne Vixens and vice-captain of the Australian Diamonds, will be the official ambassador and public face of the partnership.

Netball Victoria CEO, Michelle Plane said, “this partnership in many ways is a step towards continuing the growth of netball within our state and showcases the commitment of Victoria University to both the sport of netball and supporting women’s sport in this country.”

“Netball Victoria is delighted to announce this major partnership with Victoria University for five years. It is groundbreaking for the sport of netball and we are excited about the opportunities ahead to work together,” Ms Plane said.

Professor Dawkins said, “Victoria University has a dedicated College of Sport and Exercise Science and sport is integrated into programs across the other University. We have the largest number of students enrolled in sport’s courses in Australia and world leading research facilities.

“Opportunities for our students to work with Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens will greatly enhance what we can offer. This unique partnership continues to strengthen our existing outstanding reputation in sport.”

When: Friday 14 February, 11.00 till 11.45am

Where: Level 1, building P, Motor Learning Laboratory, Footscray Park campus

Order of Proceedings: 11.15-11.30

  • Luke Darcy
  • Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University
  • Dr Susan Alberti AO, Managing Director DANSU Group, Vice-President Western Bulldogs, Victoria University Foundation Chair
  • Michelle Plane, CEO, Netball Victoria
  • Bianca Chatfield, Captain Melbourne Vixens.

Photo Opportunity: 11.35

Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield, vice – captain Madison Browne and new recruit Cath Cox will demonstrate their skills in the VU Lab, and simulate how their vertical leap can be measured.

Media Contacts:

Christine White
Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University
9919 4322; 0434 602884; [email protected]

Briony Carlyon
Media and Communications, Netball Victoria
9321 2223; 0417183277, [email protected]

Note: Victoria University and The Melbourne Vixens had a long-standing partnership until August 2018.

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