The Netball Victoria Community Awards celebrate the significant achievements of many individuals and groups who have contributed to the sport of netball in Victoria in 2018.

The growth and development of netball within Victoria is at the heart of everything we do and we are excited to highlight the great work Netball Victoria has achieved through a combined effort with our Victorian netball community – without you, these achievements would not be possible.

Nominations for the 2018 awards are now open.

 

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Award Categories

Suncorp NetSetGO Centre of the Year

The Netball Victoria NetSetGO Centre of the Year Award recognises those clubs, associations, leagues and community groups that have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of junior netball in their community through the establishment of an accredited Suncorp NetSetGO Centre.  It provides tangible recognition for the efforts of individuals in improving and developing netball at grass roots level.

Inclusive Netball Community of the Year

Netball has the power to inspire and unite communities, the power to create leaders and break down cultural barriers. The Inclusive Netball Community of the Year award recognises outstanding work in engaging and supporting non-traditional participants to achieve growth and development within the sport through diverse communities.

Volunteer of the Year

Recognising outstanding services to netball in the areas of administration, officiating (scoring, timing, bench referee) and volunteering at club, association or league level. It provides tangible recognition for the efforts of individuals in improving and developing netball.

Contribution to Umpiring Award

Umpires play an exceptionally important role within netball, having the ability to enhance the game in a multitude of ways both on and off the court. The Umpiring Excellence Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a dedicated individual umpire who has excelled in providing support, development and growth of umpires within their particular club, association, league.

Coaching Excellence Award

Coaches play an exceptionally important role within netball, having the ability to develop and nurture the individual athlete both on and off the court. The Coaching Excellence Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a dedicated individual coach who has excelled in providing support, development and growth of both coaches and athletes within their particular club, association, and league.

Association Awards

This award recognises associations (one small, one large) that demonstrate excellence in governance, administration, development of volunteers and management practices that strengthen and sustain the association.

Schools of the Year Award

The School of the Year award acknowledges the valuable contribution schools play in the participation of netball across Victoria.

 

Criteria and further information on each of the awards can be found in the

2018 Community Awards Criteria

 

2017 Winners

Netball Victoria wishes to congratulate all of the winners from the 2017 Community Awards.

Outstanding Contribution to Umpiring - Lee Shipard

Lee Shipard from Albury Netball Association has acted as a mentor to those entering the world of netball umpiring.

Being involved with the Association periodically for almost 50 years, Lee’s vision and endurance has earnt her the recognition of Umpire of the Year.

Obtaining her A Grade Umpires Badge in 1985, Lee started the Junior Umpires Courses at Albury and has been involved in umpire testing and mentoring, as well as running umpiring coaching courses.

Outstanding Contribution to Coaching - Yvonne Porter

Yvonne Porter is dedicated to developing the next generation of netball stars.

Previously Coaches Coordinator at Ellinbank and District Netball Association, Yvonne has developed the process for trial and selection throughout her years in the role.

She is now Assistant Coach for the 19/U Boroondara Express Victorian Netball League team, a coach at the Zone Academy and a Talent Identification Scout.

Volunteer of the Year - Sheridan Harrop

Sheridan Harrop is a dedicated and passionate member of the Lake Boga netball community.

Sheridan has been involved since 2006 as a player, coach, umpire, umpire coordinator and committee member. She is also the Central Murray Football Netball League President and a Regional Liaison Officer.

Sheridan is dedicated to developing the junior members of her club, and has instigated several programs for umpire and netball development.

School of the Year - Chairo Christian School

Chairo Christian School in Pakenham has had a focuss on netball in 2017, aiming to make netball accessible to all students.

They have introduced a number of programs, including Sporting Schools, a coaching course for PE teachers, a NetSetGO program and a four-week netball unit.

They also have four teams in a local netball competition, a parent/teacher mixed team, two Fast5 teams that play in Cranbourne and entered Senior Girls and Junior Boys teams in the Schools Championships.

Outstanding Small Association/ League of the Year - Deniliquin Netball Association

Operating in a small rural country town, Deniliquin Netball Association has faced some difficult challenges over the last few years.

In recent times the Association has struggled to maintain its operation, and then faced a further setback when its courts and clubrooms were overcome with floods in November 2016, cancelling the Spring competition.

However, the Association overcame these obstacles and bounced back stronger than ever, they successfully moved their winter competition to Wednesday nights to make it more accessible, and had a number of players identified through the Netball Victoria pathways.

Outstanding Large Association/ League of the Year - Warrnambool City Netball Association

Over the last 18 months Warrnambool City Netball Association has been working to improve all aspects of their operations.

From improving communications to offering support to players, coaches and umpires, Warrnambool City Association has implemented a wide range of initiatives.

The Association has developed a junior registration pack, a coaching toolkit and a junior umpiring program, as well as providing Netball Victoria programs Rock Up Netball, Net4Kids and Beach Netball.

Inclusive Netball Community of the Year - Itiki Sporting Club of Glenroy Inc.

Itiki Sporting Club of Glenroy Inc. is a multicultural community organisation that exists to develop disadvantaged multicultural communities in the North-Western Metropolitan area.

The club delivers netball programs in schools, and works with families to help address cultural differences and improve their netball skills.

The club also offers many incentives, including no fees, carpooling to events and providing uniforms to participants, to reduce the financial strain of participating in sport.

Suncorp NetSetGO Centre of the Year - South Barwon Football Netball Club

South Barwon Football Netball Club’s Suncorp NetSetGO program has impressed parents in the area.

Run by Ainsley Corrigan and former Australian Diamond, Susan Meaney, the program has progressed in leaps and bounds.

Increasing their participants from 12 to 70 in 12 months, Corrigan and Meaney’s enthusiastic attitude and desire to go above and beyond has earned them the Suncorp NetSetGO Centre of the Year award!

 

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