At the 2013 State Dinner, Netball NSW acknowledged and celebrated three members of its netballing community for their long-term contribution to the sport with the awarding of the prestigious Anne Clark Service Award.
Marian Chilvers (Westlakes), Julie Gates (Armidale) and Janice Jackson (Penrith) where bestowed this honour on the evening of Saturday 2 November at the annual Netball NSW State Dinner held at the Anne Clark Centre.
The Anne Clark Service award is awarded to an individual in recognition of their significant contribution to the development of netball at an Association level and has given at least ten (10) years outstanding service to netball.
Marian Chilvers – Westlakes Netball Association
Marian has been involved with Westlakes Netball Association for over 30 years and her expertise in Constitutional and Policy matters is exemplary and of value to all members.
Her liaison with the Lake Macquarie City Council and assistance with Grant Applications have also led to Westlakes receiving funding to expand on its facilities, including its clubhouse.
Marian was awarded Life Membership of Westlakes in 2008, has held various Executive positions including Treasurer (1995-2002) and Vice President, a role she has held since 2009.
Marian also spent many years as a treasured Canteen Supervisor and also represents Westlakes at Netball NSW Council meetings along with Lake Macquarie City Council meetings.
Along with her dedication at Association level, Marian has also assisted her local netball club, Wangi Arcadia. Marian is a Life Member and has held many Executive positions at the Club since the 1980s, was Club Registrar from 2005 to 2008 as well as Club President from 2002 to 2004.
Julie Gates – Armidale Netball Association
Julie has been involved with the Armidale Netball Association since its very first beginnings in 1983, continuing to play until 2010. During that time she has held numerous positions on the Executive including President, Vice President, Assistant Secretary and Rep Liaison Officer – a position she has held for the last 12 years.
Along with playing and coaching Armidale representative sides at both State Age and State championships, Julie also been Team Manager for those competitions as well as managed the Armidale State League sides for the last 13 years.
Julie is acknowledged with starting up Armidale’s canteen which had humble beginnings as a small table on the side of the courts to what it is today; a fully functioning, profitable canteen which provides plenty of healthy options to players, umpires and spectators.
Julie was acknowledged as a Life Member of the Armidale Netball Association in 1995 and has also received a number of community awards including Australia Sports Medal in 2007 and Qantaslink/Armidale Sports Council Award in 2007.
Along with her Association duties, Julie is the current President and founding member of the WBC Netball Club, which has participated in the Armidale competition for the last 20 years and the 2013 Division One Champions.
Janice Jackson – Penrith Netball Association
Janice – better known as Jan – has served as Senior Registrar at Penrith Netball Association for 22 years. With two competitions conducted each year the work that encompasses this role is enormous however Jan has always serviced this role with a smile and pleasant, obliging manner.
As well as being Senior Registrar, Jan oversees all player movements within the Penrith competition, disciplinary matters, representative players and the historical records of almost 10,000 players over the last 20 years.
Jan has sat on grading panels, is the ’guru’ of all things membership and the first to assist another member in time of need.
In 1999 Jan was awarded Life Membership of Penrith, in 2002 she received a Penrith City Council Wall of Achievement Award and in 2003 received a Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Administrator of the Year award.
Jan is at Jamison Park netball courts every Saturday, often the first to arrive and last to leave, and this year has assisted the Junior Registrar along with juggling her own duties.