Netball NSW honours Maureen Stephenson with Waratah Service Award

Netball NSW is proud to announce that Maureen Stephenson OAM has been awarded the Waratah Service Award for her service to Netball at the Netball NSW Council Meeting on Saturday 2 April, at Netball Central.

The prestigious Waratah Service award recognises distinguished service of an organisational or operational volunteer for at least ten years and Maureen is only the fifth member of the Netball NSW community to receive this accolade.

Maureen has provided twelve years of service as a Manager for NSW State representative teams. Her long service began in 2005 when she was appointed Manager of NSW’s Open Team and each year since, she has provided unwavering service as the Manager of various State Teams, in a variety of age groups.

In addition to her role as Team Manager, Maureen has had a long career as an umpire, umpire coach and allocator at all levels of the sport. She was awarded the NSW “A” Grade Umpires’ badge in 1983 and was appointed as umpire for the NSW junior teams in 1985. She has umpired at the National Championships and the Commonwealth Bank Trophy until she retired from umpiring in 2002. In 1990, Maureen was awarded the “AA” umpire badge and served on the screening panel for “AA” candidates and gave willingly of her time to coaching umpires for their badges.

At Association and Club level, Maureen was President of the Narrabeen Youth Club and Avalon Netball Clubs. She served on the Manly Warringah Netball Association Executive Committee, including two years as Umpires’ Convenor and six years as Senior Vice President and was on the Association’s selection panels for umpires and the Promotions Committee.

Maureen is valued by Netball NSW for her reliability, dedication and ability to motivate those around her.

We are proud to be recognising Maureen’s contribution to the sport with the presentation of a Waratah Service Award.