Thornborough receives Waratah Service Award

Netball NSW is delighted to announce and award Kate Thornborough with the distinguished honour of the Waratah Service Award.

A very surprised Kate Thornborough was bestowed with this Award at Netball NSW’s 2013 Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 23 March at DOOLEYS Lidcombe.

The Board of Netball NSW instigated the Waratah Service Award for those individuals inside its organisation that give exceptional service, specifically to Netball NSW.

In announcing the recipient, Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM made a moving speech about Kate’s enormous contribution to netball in the state, particularly in the area of umpiring.

“Our sport is built on the back of volunteers. We can’t do without volunteers, it doesn’t matter what level of the sport you’re operating at that is, the volunteers are critical to our survival,” said Archer.

“Kate encompasses all that it means to be a volunteer. She has given extraordinary and dedicated service to Netball NSW since 1991 when she gained her A Badge.”

“She is heavily involved in coaching and mentoring of umpires across NSW, and she went onto not only maintain her skills, but has used her skills to better the lives of many many umpires inside of NSW.’

“Kate has been heavily involved in the conduct of umpiring accreditation courses, in and around the Central Coast over many years. More recently her impact has been felt in the Northern Inland region plus the Far North Coast and mid north coast have also benefited greatly from her skills and expertise.”

“Kate has shown great dedication to Netball NSW; represented our organisation with pride and integrity wherever she has been, whatever the occasion.”

A tearful Kate, whose attendance at the AGM was contrived by her family and Netball NSW officials, made her way to the stage to receive her Waratah Service Award from Wendy Archer.

“I’m going to cry, I don’t know what to say. This is just such an honour to get something like this,” expressed Thornborough.

“I feel I’ve got so much more out of netball than I’ve put into it. You just do what you do with netball. You don’t think about what you get (rewards) out of it. I’m just hyped to do what I do.”

“To get something like this is wonderful and I’d like to thank everyone for this. This is totally unexpected and I’m overwhelmed,” said Kate, who is only the third person to receive the Waratah Service Award.