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Victorian Premier Dan Andrews rushes to help child who COLLAPSED at Netball Australia announcement

Moment Dan Andrews rushes to help child who COLLAPSED during his press conference to announce $15million Netball Australia lifeline after racism scandal

  • Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has rushed to aide of a collapsed child 
  • It’s the latest drama after a $15million racism scandal emerged in netball 
  • The dramatic scenes unfolded at press conference announcing new sponsorship
  • The state government will sponsor Netball Australia after Rinehart’s withdrawal 

A press conference to announce a new $15million sponsor for Netball Australia has taken a dramatic turn, with Victorian Premier Dan Andrews rushing to the aid of a child who appeared to have collapsed.

Andrews was announcing that the Victorian government had stepped in to sponsor the organisation, after mining magnate Gina Rinehart withdrew $15million worth of funding over the sport’s racism scandal.

Under-siege Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan was talking about what the funding would mean for the sport and its junior pathways before a loud thud was heard behind her.

A junior player appeared to have fainted, and both Andrews and Ryan rushed to the young girl’s aide as the press conference was brought to an abrupt halt. 

A woman could then be seen hugging and comforting the young girl, who appeared to be traumatised. 

The drama comes after Rineheart’s company Hancock Prospecting withdrew its $15million sponsorship after Australian Diamonds players led a revolt.

Indigenous player Donnell Wallam refused to wear the side’s uniform bearing the logo of Rinehart’s mining company, and teammates rallied around her. 

Donnell Wallam celebrates after scoring the match-winning goal for Australia on October 26 in the wake of the $15million racism scandal

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews (third from left) is seen with junior netballers on Monday just before announcing his government's sponsorship lifeline for Netball Australia

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews (third from left) is seen with junior netballers on Monday just before announcing his government’s sponsorship lifeline for Netball Australia

Wallam and the players expressed their concerns over Rineheart’s father, Lang Hancock, and his track record of racism against Indigenous Australians. 

Hancock had suggested in 1984 that First Nations Australians should be sterilised so they could ‘breed out’. 

Rinehart, who is worth an estimated $30billion, shredded the $15million sponsorship after the furore escalated and she was urged to apologise for her father’s comments some 40 years prior.

Netball Australia, already $8million in debt, faced a huge funding black hole until Andrews and his government stepped in.

Gina Rinehart's company Hancock Prospecting pulled their $15million sponsorship of Netball Australia

Victorian premier Dan Andrews announced today that the government would step in to bridge the gap

Dan Andrews and his Victorian government have stepped in to fill the funding gap for Netball Australia after mining magnate Gina Rinehart pulled $15million in funding

The state’s tourism body, Visit Victoria, will step in to breach the gap with a deal that runs until June 2027.

The Super Netball final will be played in Victoria, while the Diamonds will also wear Visit Victoria branding on their team kit, and play five test matches and training camps in the state between 2023 and 2026.  

‘Obviously there was a sponsor. That sponsor was no more so there was a gap and Visit Victoria raced to fill it. Other states wanted this but Victoria secured it,’ Andrews told reporters.

Australian Diamonds players (left to right) Jo Weston, Amy Parmenter, Jamie-Lee Price and Kira Austin sing the national anthem alongside junior players ahead of the side's Test against England on Sunday

Australian Diamonds players (left to right) Jo Weston, Amy Parmenter, Jamie-Lee Price and Kira Austin sing the national anthem alongside junior players ahead of the side’s Test against England on Sunday

Ryan looked a relieved woman as she thanked Rinehart for her huge contribution to the sport, and welcomed Netball Australia’s new relationship for the Victorian government.

‘She (Rinehart) was an incredible backer of our sport so we’ve certainly kept in contact and made sure that we’ve ended the partnership as best we can,’ she said at the press conference.

‘This is a different partnership now and one that we look forward to delivering over the next four and a half years.’

The Diamonds beat England 56-48 on Sunday night as they continued their return to form, and will face the arch-enemy against this Thursday in Brisbane. 

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