Netball acknowledged in Australia Day Honours

UPDATED: 10:00am, Monday 29 January

Netball NSW would like to congratulate a few individuals in our community who were recently acknowledged in the Australia Day Honours ceremonies.

NSW netball legend Liz Ellis AM received the Office of the Order of Australia in recognition for her distinguished service to netball as an elite player and coach, through support and advocacy for young women, as a contributor to the broadcast and print media industries, and to the community.

Upon receiving the honour, Ellis told ABC Online she is proud to see women’s sport move to the forefront.

“To be a part of that movement that has now seen women’s sport move from the periphery now to front and centre, it’s incredibly satisfying to see that happen,” Ellis said.

“I feel really grateful that I’ve got the opportunity to be part of that movement and that moment.

“I’m not satisfied though, I want to see more happen.

“I want to get to the point where we talk about sport and not ‘women’s sport’.”

Anne Clark BEM Service Award recipient Carol Baiton was also included in the list, being recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division Recipients. Carol’s involvement with netball goes back to the early 1970s where she has held many roles on the YDNA Executive – including eight years as President – and was recognised with the Anne Clark BEM Service Award in 1988.

Ku-ring-gai Netball Association President Jo-Anne Perry was chosen as a recipient of Ku-ring-gai Council’s Outstanding Service to the Community Award, which was presented at a local ceremony on Friday 26 January. Jo-Anne has long been involved with the KNA Executive and has been a strong advocate for netball in the community, including the upgrade of facilities and increased participation numbers.

Blue Mountains Netball Association Life Member Carmel Higgins was named the Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year for her almost 50 years of service to the sport. Carmel, who also received the Anne Clark BEM Service Award in 2002, has served as a variety of Executive roles at both Club and Association level, including President, Vice President, Secretary, Umpires Convenor, Coaching Convenor, and much more. 

And finally, Maureen Finch from Connells Point Netball Club was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year at local celebrations at Georges River Council. Maureen received the award in acknowledgement for almost 30 years of service to the Club.

“(Maureen’s) dedication to the club sees her take two weeks of her annual leave from work each year to administer the competition entries,” Georges River Mayor Kevin Greene told local paper, St George & Sutherland Shire Leader.

“She also arranges coaches for over 25 teams, manages their training schedules and organises and trains the club’s umpires.”

Congratulations to all four individuals on your respective accolades; NSW netball is greater because of your passion and dedication.