Netball NSW would like to congratulate both Pamela Guyer and Evelyn Langbein who have been awarded the prestigious Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Pamela Guyer received her accolade for service to the community of Kempsey, and to netball; with Evelyn Langbein acknowledged for service to netball in NSW. “On behalf of Netball NSW and those we represent, I would like to congratulate both Pam and Evelyn on these thoroughly deserved accolades and thank them for their dedication to our sport over a very long period of time,” said Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM.
Pam has made a significant contribution to netball at a grassroots, District, Association and State level for over fifty years. She first joined the Committee of Macleay District Netball Association back in 1958 where Pam was the Treasurer, before becoming the District President in 1959. It was in this role Pam oversaw the Affiliation of the District with Netball NSW in 1973 and continued her incredible influence as President of Macleay Netball Association until 2007.
Pam’s will to promote the sport locally through the community and schools has resulted in major changes being implemented and with fundraising and advocacy, new infrastructure and facilities being gained for the Macleay community. In 2008 the Macleay District Netball Association sought Council approval to name the Netball Clubhouse the “Pam Guyer Netball Centre” in acknowledgement of Pam’s long standing commitment to the sport; this was approved in November 2010. In recognition of her tireless work, Pam has been the recipient of a number of accolades and awards including Anne Clark Service Award in 2004.
“This honour is wonderful acknowledgement for the significant contribution Pam has given to the sport of netball for almost sixty years,” said Wendy Archer.
“Pam’s dedication to her community is beyond question, and her boundless passion and enthusiasm for the sport has been the driving force behind the development of netball throughout the Kempsey Shire boundaries.”
Evelyn Langbein’s involvement with netball spans back to the 1940s, where she was a Founding Member of West Dee Why Netball Club and also the Honorary Secretary. She assisted with the foundation of the Manly Warringah Group in 1955 and was its first Umpires Convener. This Group went onto establish the Manly Warringah Netball Association in 1965, with Evelyn holding the position of Vice-President. She was the Association’s Intermediate Registrar from 1978-2000, Registrar from 2000-2008, and was named Patron of Manly Warringah Association in 2011.
In acknowledgement of her significant contribution to Netball in NSW, Evelyn was the recipient of the Anne Clark Service Award in 1982.
“Not only is Evelyn a pioneer for netball on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, but has contributed enormously to the Association becoming one of the largest in Australia,” expressed Wendy Archer.
“It’s mind-blowing to think Evelyn has given almost seventy years of voluntary service to netball in NSW and has had such a positive influence on thousands of people during this time; making this honour so richly deserved.”