Long-time NSW representative and former Australian Diamond Alison Broadbent (nee Williams) was the first Netball NSW Hall of Fame inductee to be welcomed at the 2015 State Dinner on Saturday evening, 14 November.
The netball community had gathered at The Sydney Boulevard Hotel to acknowledge and applaud the individual and team achievements from the last 12 months, as well as welcome four new Hall of Fame members; Alison becoming the 31st inductee.
Upon accepting the honour, Master of Ceremonies Steve Robilliard asked Alison if she had time to reflect on what was the greatest achievement in her illustrious netball career.
“I’m proud of the achievements, I’m proud of what I did with the netball – I succumbed to two knee injuries really early in my career and a lot of people would probably have sat down and [given up]. But for me I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it… and I’m super proud [that I did],” Alison admitted.
Her playing career over, Alison has turned to coaching – albeit for her daughter’s under-8s side – and says she’s enjoying giving back to the sport which has given her so much.
“I’m now getting enjoyment out of coaching, which I love… I’m now coaching Under 8 netball [and] it’s a little stressful. I love the sport, I love being involved in it, I love the people who [are involved] – everyone puts so much time and effort into it.
“When you’re a player and playing at an elite level… you’re so focussed on yourself and doing what you want to do and achieving all the goals that you want to achieve, that in the background there’s heaps of volunteers who do a hell of a lot [and I love that].”
Watch Alison’s full interview on stage with Steve Robilliard at The Sydney Boulevard Hotel below;
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