Nationals MLA for Roe Peter Rundle has congratulated the Esperance Netball Association after Diamonds team coach Julie Hawke reached the finals of the RAC Insurance Beyond Sport Award.
The award ultimately went to the WA Disabled Water Ski Club, but Mr Rundle said the Esperance Netball Association was one of the few regional finalists.
"I think it’s a real feather in their cap and I think it’s a real demonstration of the good things that they do," he said.
"My wife Andrea and I often drop through to see either the Esperance Junior Netball or the Senior Netball.
"To see the amount of kids out there playing, rain, hail or shine, is fantastic."
Mr Rundle said he was looking forward to the construction and completion of the new Esperance Indoor Sport Stadium, expecting that there will be "a dramatic change and improvement" to conditions for netball teams and other stadium users.
"I think what [the association has] achieved is a fantastic level of participation considering their infrastructure," he said.
"Especially, in the winter time it can be pretty harsh playing out in the elements."
Mr Rundle said the awards on the wall of the netball pavilion were a tribute to the consistent effort of the administration volunteers.
"I think it’s a real credit to the association and all of the girls that were involved," he said.
"That’s what makes our regional towns work, volunteers and people prepared to give up their time."
Mr Rundle said participation in sport was important for communities in a range of ways.
"You can cast your mind into other areas such as obesity and mental health," he said.
"Leading a physically active lifestyle helps your development as a good community person.
"Kids often get roped into umpiring at a young age in the regions, and they learn the art of volunteering and what it’s like to give back to your community."