Karan Smith Inducted into Hall of Fame

NSW legend from the Golden Boot Era Karan Smith (nee Bulloch) was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame on Saturday evening at the 2012 Netball NSW State Dinner.

Stay tuned to www.netballnsw.com this week as we place a spotlight on the winners and award recipients from this prestigious evening.

Karan was named as a 2012 inductee alongside the first NSW player to wear the green and gold, Edna Ross (nee Medcalf).

Karan first made the NSW Opens team in 1978 at the age of 17 and NSW benefited from her aerial defence from 1978 to 1984, during which time she was first called up to the Australian team, in 1981, going on to play 16 Tests for Australia.

 “[Karen] indeed is a very special lady. Karan is what is known as a ‘quiet achiever’,” Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM said.

“It has been said many times by many people, she was the cleanest defensive player in the game, that her elevation was second to none, and she brought to the court a presence – one of a quiet achiever who just got on with the job at hand in absolutely spectacular fashion.”

Wendy read some words from two Netball Australia Alum on Karan during the presentation at the Grand Ballroom at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.

Sue Taylor, President of Netball Australia during Karan’s career:
“I guess I never really thought about putting into words a description of Karan as a player; it was just the image of a graceful figure, gliding through the air to intercept the ball with such ease. Whether it was a pass or a shot at goal, she was mesmerising.”

Jill McIntosh, Karan’s former Australian teammate and former Head Coach of the Australian team:
“I knew Karan was one of the best athletes I have seen in netball, she was such a talented yet graceful defender. The memory of her legendary jumps when intercepting a shot for goal is an image which will stay with me forever.”

Hall of Fame Citation: Karan Smith (nee Bulloch)

Karan Bulloch started her netball career playing as a junior at Manly-Warringah Netball Australia at the age of nine.  Since first lacing her netball shoes in 1970, Karan had a meteoric rise through the netball ranks.

Karan first made the NSW Open team in 1978 at the age of 17, at which time she was coached by NSW legend and Hall of Fame Inductee (1982) Margaret Corbett. 

An aerialist defender with superior timing and ability, the NSW State teams benefitting from Karan’s talent from 1978 to 1984, in which she represented the Waratah in six consecutive seasons.

And, it was during this time that Karan was selected in her first Australian team in 1981. 

She was included in the Australian Team tour of New Zealand in 1982 and was part of the victorious Australian Team which competed at the 1983 World Netball Championship team conducted in Singapore. 

During her national career Karan represented Australia 16 times as a defender, renowned as a player beautiful to watch in action, guaranteed to make an impact for her teammates and could always be relied upon to create ‘something’ special for her side.

Since her retirement, Karan has remained involved with the sport by taking on various coaching roles.  She is currently the Head Coach of the Narrabeen Sports High School netball program, and frequently assists her good friend and fellow Australian team mate, Anne Sargeant with her private netball clinics.