Netball NSW would like to congratulate Karen Waud from Eastwood Ryde Netball Association on receiving the Service of Sport award at the annual NewsLocal Junior Sports Star Awards.
The Service of Sport award recognises an individual club member or volunteer of a sporting organisation who shows passion, spirit and determination.
Karen was one of 19 Category Finalists in line for this prestigious award, which was presented to her by NSW netballing great Carissa Tombs.
As read out during the ceremony by master of ceremonies, Fox Sports’ Adam Peacock;
“Karen has been an active member of Eastwood Ryde Netball Association (ERNA) for 46 years, having started playing in 1968 and is still playing today in the A1 division.
A member of the Eastwood Ryde Netball Association Executive for the past six years, Karen is also president of the largest netball club within the association, the West Ryde Rovers Sports and Social Club, a position she has held for the past 28 years.”
Karen was granted life membership of the ERNA in October last year in recognition of her years of contribution to the association and the sport of netball.
Described as an unsung hero, Karen goes about her various volunteer roles without any great fanfare or seeking recognition.
Others from the NSW netball community who received acknowledgement at the awards were the Hassall Grove Netball Under 13’s who were a finalist for the Team Spirit award. While they didn’t win the overall award, they were celebrated for playing netball fairly and in the spirit of the game.
Celebrating its tenth year, the NewsLocal Junior Sport Star Awards bring the endeavours and successes of junior sporting talent aged 10 to 16 to the attention of their local area, giving the community the opportunity to embrace and support their sports stars of the future.
Awards are based upon nominations to NewsLocal mastheads (newspapers) which then progress to a judging panel to decide on both a local and overall winner.