Vale Ernita ‘Nita’ McGrath


Netball NSW would like to offer our condolences to the Dubbo Netball Association on the passing of former President Ernita ‘Nita’ McGrath.

Nita was heavily involved in the Dubbo community and in 2004 she was named the AMP Community Hero after introducing netball to Dubbo over 46 years ago alongside Jan Foster.

In 1971 Nita co-convened a meeting to gauge interest in starting a Netball Association in Dubbo and soon after the first round robin took place.

In 1972 Nita began coaching young umpires and her love and devotion to the sport continued to grow despite not having played in years.

In the intervening years Nita became a huge influence in the Dubbo netballing community and in 1987 Dubbo City Council named the Dubbo Netball Courts after her.

In 2012 Nita’s contribution to our great sport was recognised once again when she was awarded one of Netball NSW’ most prestigious awards -the Anne Clarke Service Award – at the annual State Dinner.

Nita was a role model and mentor to many young netballers and her character and kind heart will be dearly missed across the Dubbo Community.

Our thoughts are with the McGrath family, their friends and the Dubbo Netball Association at this time.