Burgess honoured with Waratah Service Award

Netball NSW is pleased to announce Lynette Burgess OAM has been awarded the Waratah Service Award, which was presented at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday 25 March at the Genea Netball Centre, Sydney Olympic Park.

Burgess becomes the fifth recipient of the award, which was first introduced by the Netball NSW Board of Directors in 2012 to recognise individuals in the community who have shown great service to the sport for more than a decade.

Netball NSW President Wendy Archer paid tribute to Burgess, saying her wonderful contribution to the sport had not gone unnoticed.

“I am very proud to present the Netball NSW Waratah Service Award to Lyn,” Archer said.

“The position our sport is in today is testament to the wonderful women who have come before us and provided such strong service to its growth and professionalism, and Lyn has been an integral part of that journey.

“Lyn personifies the ‘all-in’ attitude of a netball volunteer. She has held many positions and titles at Hills District Netball Association and was also named Honorary Archivist to assist Netball NSW in maintaining our historical records, a role which saw her heavily involved in collating our 80th Anniversary Book.

“She has a wonderful passion for netball and the history of the game, and we are very appreciative of her unwavering support and love of the sport.”

Burgess has been an active member of the netball community for the last 40 years, holding many Executive positions at her local Netball Association, Hills District.

She was named the inaugural Honorary Archivist for Netball NSW, a role she has filled for the last 10 years. During this time, Burgess began from scratch sorting and categorising Netball NSW’s archives – many of which were kept in unmarked boxes – and covers a range of mediums, from hard copy and electronic documents and images, to preservation of sensitive documentation and uniforms.

Burgess led a team of volunteers who oversaw the completion of Netball NSW’s 80th Anniversary Book in readiness for the celebrations in 2009, which included being the direct contact for all affiliated NSW Netball Associations.

During this time, Burgess has still had an active involvement with Hills District Netball Association and meets fellow Netball NSW Archivists each Wednesday at the Genea Netball Centre to continue their historical work.

Other achievements and awards:

Awarded the Australian Sports media in 2000

Awarded the Centenary Media in 2001

Awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in 2009