Doctor Grace Bryant OAM has been awarded Life Membership of Netball NSW after being involved with the organisation for almost 30 years.
Bryant has served as Team Doctor for the last 20 years; first for the Sydney Swifts during the former National Netball League (1997-2007) and more recently the NSW Swifts during the trans-Tasman Netball League and, currently, Suncorp Super Netball (2008-present).
At a national level Bryant has served as the Australian Netball Team Doctor from 1991-1999 – one of the most significant periods in Australia’s netball history.
She was involved in three Netball World Cup campaigns – including the 1991 tournament in Sydney where Australia defeated the New Zealand Silver Ferns – as well as the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia where Australia won Gold; the first time Netball was included as an official Commonwealth Games sport.
In 2008, Bryant was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to various sports organisations. Her service to netball and athlete wellbeing over the past 26 years has been outstanding at both NSW and international levels and is she a worthy recipient of her Life Membership honour.
“I am very proud to be able to present Grace with this honour,” Wendy Archer AM, President of Netball NSW, said.
“It has been particularly beneficial for NSW to have someone the likes of Grace, who has such a strong and respected reputation within the netball community, lend her professionalism to our athletes.
“Her work over the past 20 years within our High Performance environment has set the bar for team medical practice, and we have been lucky to have someone of her expertise on hand. She has undoubtedly been an asset to our on and off court success and this is just a small thank you to say we appreciate everything she has done for netball.”
National and International Level:
- Team Doctor for NSW Swifts for 20 years
- Chief Medical Officer for Netball Australia and the Australian Netball Team for 8 years
- Member of the International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) Medical Panel
- Netball Australia Hall of Fame inductee
- Life Service Membership with Netball Australia
- Australian Olympic Team in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens
- Australian Commonwealth Games Team in Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Melbourne and Delhi
- Appointed Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Commonwealth Games Team, Glasgow 2014
Other achievements and awards:
- Awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for services to sport
- Awarded the Australian Sports Commission Sports Award for services to Women’s sports in 2004
- Member of the American College of Sports Medicine
- Member of Women’s Sport NSW
- President of the NSW Branch of Sports Medicine Australia
- Secretary of the Australasian College of Sports Medicine
- Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, School of Exercise and Sport Science
- Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK)
- Service provider for NSW Institute of Sport
- Regional doctor for the Australian Institute of Sport
- Member of the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee