Netball NSW Life Members

Life Membership is awarded to an individual who has shown great service to netball in NSW for over 10 years. 

Members of the NSW netball community can nominate a candidate, which is then voted upon by the Netball NSW council delegates and announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

Below are the incredible individuals who have been awarded Life Membership.

President New South Wales Women’s Basketball Association 1947–1950. 1st Life Member of Netball NSW 1950

State Player 1932–1939, Vice-Captain 1935, Captain 1936–1939. Captain/Coach 1938, Australia Player 1938 and 1939. Vice-President 1952, State Coach 1951, State Selector 1948–1950 and 1952. (Edna Ross – Hall of Fame).

State Player 1946, 1947, 1953 to 1958. Captain 1956 and 1957. Vice-Captain 1954, 1955, 1958. Vice-President 1953–1958. Minute Secretary 1971. Umpires Convenor 1958–1964. Publicity Officer 1955. AA Umpires Badge 1958. Delegate to AANA Council 1960–62 and 1964. Delegate to World Tournaments 1963 and 1967. All Australia Award Australian Team 1956. (Margaret Morris – Hall of Fame).

Netball NSW Treasure 1950, 1969–1994. Assistant Treasure 1951–1959, 1964, 1967–1968. Director of Finance 1995–2000. AA Liaison 1960–1962 and 1965. NSW Finance, Selection, National Affairs and Appeals Committees. AA Sub Committees, 1970–1990 Publications, 1975–1979 Selections, 1977–1984 Finance, 1975 Convenor International Tours. AA Council 1956–1962, 1965, 1973–1995. IFNA Treasurer 1963–1967, 1981–1991. AA Service Award 1975. OAM 1980. (Nance Kenny – Hall of Fame).

Vice-President 1955 & 1996. Senior Vice-President 1969–1972. Assistant Secretary 1966. Night Carnival Committee 1963. Country Convenor 1965. Publicity Officer 1959–1963 and 1972. Delegate to AANA 1963 and 1964. Building Committee 1973. Manageress State Team 1959, 1962 and 1965. Foundation President Manly.

Vice-President 1929, 1931, 1948 and 1949. President 1950–1978. Patron 1979–1983. State Coach 1930 and 1932. State Manageress 1930, 1935, 1952– 1954, 1958, 1959, 1961–1965, 1968–1971, 1973–74, 1976–1977 and 1980. Manageress Night Team, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970 to 1972, 1974 and 1977. State Selector 1930–1931, 1933–1935, 1948–1955, 1957–1976. Umpires Committee 1931, 1933, 1943 and 1949. Delegate to AANA 1928–1936, 1938, 1939, 1946–47, 1949–1954. AA Umpire 1931, 1938, 1940, 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1975. AANA President 1955, 1960, 1966, 1972 and 1978. AA Service Award 1964 and BEM. 1975. (Anne Clark – Hall of Fame).

State Player 1938, 1946–1952. State Coach 1955–1967, 1973 and 1975. Junior State Coach 1956–1959, 1961 and 1962. Night Team Coach 1963, 1966–1970, 1973, 1975–1978. Manageress 1955–1960. Selector 1952, 1955–1966 and 1971. Assistant Secretary 1955–1965, 1967–1968. Assistant Treasurer 1966. Publicity Officer 1958 and 1961. Australian Team 1946. (Amy Dobbie – Hall of Fame).

Vice President 1953. Secretary 1954–1960. Treasurer 1963. Insurance Officer 1961–62. Umpires Convenor 1965 and 1968. AA Umpires Badge 1957. AANA Liaison Delegate 1996–1989. Member Selection, Building, Anne Clark Management, Carnival Committees. Member ANNA Council 1954–1959, 1966–1989. AANA Service Award 1974. Australian Delegate to IFNA Council 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1987. (Dorothy McHugh – Hall of Fame)

Foundation President Newcastle Netball Association 1953–1979. Country Vice-President NSW 1951–1968. Credentials 1970–1979.

Foundation President City of Sydney Association 1968. Vice- President 1950, 1952, 1966-1968 and 1971 Building Committee 1969.

NSW Vice-President 1961–1967. Publicity Officer 1965. NSW Secretary 1969–1978. Administrative Secretary 1978–1979. Delegate to AA Council 1968–1972. Selection, Carnival, Anne Clark Service Committees. AA Secretary/ Treasurer 1978–1984. AA Service Award. MBE. 1978 and Foundation President St George.

NSW Treasurer 1945–1946. Minute Secretary 1948. Metropolitan Secretary 1949–1950. Vice-President 1951. Secretary 1952–1954, Assistant Secretary 1978–1979. Administration Secretary 1980–1981. Senior Vice-President 1982–1987. President 1988–1997. Liaison Officer/Delegate AA 1952–1953. Member PWD, Anne Clark Committees. AA Umpires Badge 1957. Founding President Parramatta/Granville, Cobar, Tamworth, Northern Suburbs. OAM 1993.

Junior Vice-President 1968–1969. Umpires Coordinator 1970–1987. Implemented modified rules. NSW Umpires Committee 1968–1988. Member AANA Screening Panel 1968–1988. NSW Umpire at Nationals 1968–1977 . AA Badge 1966. Member Anne Clark Centre Management, PWD, Appeals. Delegate to Olympic Council from 1997. AANA Umpires Committee 1968–1987 Umpire International. Secretary Oceania Netball Federation 1987–1991. Patron Netball NSW 1987. (Neita Matthews – Hall of Fame)

Vice-President 1961–1962. Minute Secretary 1969–1970. Assistant Secretary 1971 and 1977. Secretary 1978–1995. Research Officer 1975–1976. Films Committee 1971–1975. Designed Waratah Emblem 1970. Manageress Junior Interstate Team 1975 and 1977. Foundation Member St George. Convenor 1991 World Championships. AM 1990. (Marj Groves – Hall of Fame)

Umpires Convenor 1969–1971. Junior Vice-President 1972–1974. NSW Selector from 1971. Coaching Coordinator 1975–1980. Convenor Inter District 1971. Director Coaching 1980–2000. Junior State Coach 1974–1999. NSWIS Head Coach. NSWIS Regional Coach. Super League Coach. CBT Coach Sandpipers 1997–2000. National Underage Selector. Member Australian Coaching Development Committee. Member Australian Coaching Review Committee. Commonwealth Games Coach 1990. Most successful Open State Coach winning 9 National Championships. Inducted in NSW Hall of Fame 2006 and awarded Legend status in 2020. Awarded OAM in 2013. (Margaret Corbett – Hall of Fame)

Vice-President 1963 and 1964. Junior Vice-President 1976. Manageress/Coach Touring Team 1966–1968. Coach Junior State Teams 1970–1973. State Coach 1974. Captain 1963 Night Carnival Team. Coach Junior Age Teams 1981–1986. Selector 1973–1988. Member Carnival, Credentials, Building, Inter District Committees. Foundation President Liverpool 1968. Member AANA Coaching Panel. Only Coach in NSW to have coached all age groups.

Senior Vice-President 1973–1979. President 1980–1987. Founding Building Committee 1971 and 1972. Carnival Committee 1971. Film 1971–1975. Marketing and Anne Clark Management. Awarded OAM in 2013.

NSW Board Member Marketing 1991–2001. Event Management Committee. Anne Clark Service Award Committee. World Tournament Committee 1991. Marketing Officer World Tournament 1991. International Scoring Bench 2001–2002. National League Scorer 2000–2001. (Marie Dunn – Hall of Fame).

Administrative Secretary 1982. Minute Secretary 1983. Assistant Secretary 1984–1985, 1993, 1995–1996. Director Championships and Competitions 1998–current. Member Credentials. Tournament, Coaching Development, Planning and Development and Finance Committees. Proxy Manageress 1984–1997. AANA Timing/Scoring Committees 1998–2006. Bench Referee 1993–2004. Convenor Timing/Scoring World Championships 1991. Statistician 1999 World Championships. Statistician 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

NSW Selector 1976–2004. Liaison Officer Director National Affairs 1989–2002. Convenor AA Sub-Committee 1989–2002. AANA Board member 1989-1999, AANA Council 1999–2002. NSW Credentials 1973, 1975–1979. Member Super League, Selection Restructure. Australian Selector 1987–1990. Tournament Director Hawaii International Club Netball Tournament 1992. Member AANA unaffiliated Events and PWD Policy Committees 1992–1994. Coordinator Commonwealth Bank Shield Tournament 1993–1994. Member Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority 1989-current.

President 1997–2003. Member Appointments, Appeals, National Affairs Committees. Manager State Team 16 years. Manager Australian Team 1985–1996. Director AANA 1999–2004. President AANA 2004–2006. AANA Delegate to Asian Netball Federation 2004–2006. AA Service Award 1998 and OAM 1992.

Member of NSWNA Executive 1984-1993. Member of NSWNA Umpires Committee 1984. Assistant Secretary of NSWNA 1988, Convenor NSWNA Umpires Committee, Member National U/17 Organising Committee. Manageress Australian U/17 training squad. Coordinated State and State Age Championship Umpires 1988-2001. Venue Coordinator and supervisor of ball girls at 1991 World Championships 1991. Anne Clark Service Award 1999. Member Anne Clark Service Award Committee 2000–2005. Australian Sports Medal 2002.

Maureen Boyle international umpire, international rules committee and umpire educator. State, National and International Umpire. Awards: NSW Sports Federation – Official of the Year 1996, inaugural International Federation of Netball Associations, Order of Australia medal for services to netball 2004, and the prestigious Anne Clark Service Award 1999 and many more. Netball NSW Director of Umpiring 1986–1990. Manly-Warringah Netball Association. (Maureen Boyle – Hall of Fame)

An outstanding shooter, Sargeant represented NSW from 1978 – 1988 and was captain of the NSW Open Team from 1982 – 1988. During this time she led her team to an impressive four Australian titles. Representing Australia for 11 years which included three World Championships, Sargeant was captain of the National Team from 1983 – 1988. In 1987 Anne was inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame and in 1988 she was admitted to the NSW Hall of Champions. (Anne Sargeant – Hall of Fame)

Netball NSW Council delegate appointment 1983. Director of Tournament in 1986 (later to be known as Events, then Competitions and Events).  Yvonne’s service to Netball NSW in this capacity extended over an 11 year period. 1990 member of Netball Australia Score bench personnel.   1994 appointed as an inaugural member of the National Timing and Scoring Panel.  Ongoing contribution to the innovation of systems including score sheets, automatic timers, computerized recording systems and methods of grading.

Netball NSW President 2004 – current.  Netball NSW delegate to Netball Australia 2002 – current. Former Vice President of Netball NSW. Chair, Netball NSW Hall of Fame Panel. National A Badge Umpire. In 2005 Wendy was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) by the Australian Government for her service to netball administration in New South Wales, particularly in the Hunter Region.

Team Doctor for Sydney/NSW Swifts 1997-current. Australian Netball Team Doctor (1991-1999). Member of the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) Medical Panel. Netball Australia Hall of Fame inductee. Life Service Membership of 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.

2002-2012 Elected Director (Finance) Netball NSW. 2012-2018 Elected Director Netball NSW. 2012- 2014 Company Secretary of Netball NSW. 2012-2015 Member Netball Central Project control Group. 2012-2016 Member Netball Central Joint Steering Committee. 2012-2018 – Member of Board Committees Performance & Remuneration & Audit & Risk. John’s service to Netball NSW commenced long before he was elected as a Director of the Board of Netball NSW and included the following appointments: 1993-1999 Camden & District Netball Association Delegate to Netball NSW, 1995-1999 Elected Member of the NSW Finance Committee, National B Umpire.

Julie has been a NSW State Coach, Head Coach of the Swifts in the ESSO league, Head Coach of the Swifts in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy Competition, Head Coach of the Swifts in the ANZ Championship competition for three years before becoming the Assistant Coach of the Australian Diamonds. After this appointment Julie became the Head Coach of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (New Zealand) before returning to Netball NSW to become the inaugural Head Coach of the new franchise owned by Netball NSW – GIANTS Netball; in the inaugural year of the Suncorp Super Netball Competition Julie took this team to the grand final.

Julie’s early years, and indeed continuing today, were spent at the Ku-Ring-Gai Netball Association where she coached and mentored athletes and coaches alike. This connection remains today with her mentoring role with North Shore United.

Julie started her State Coaching career in 1985 with the Night State Team and then went on to appointments in the Under 19’s through to the Opens from 1985 -1999. Julie has been a NSW Selector, Mentor and a Member of Appointment Panels over many years. Julie is well known for her philosophy of nurturing the whole person not just the athlete and many of her part and present roster would attest to the fact that when you in Julie’s team you are a part of her family.

Adele Saunders has rendered outstanding service to netball in NSW for the last 65 years. She has contributed at a high level and has outstanding achievement in all her endeavours, ranging from representing NSW in the Open Team, umpiring for NSW and Australia as an AA badged umpire as well as working as an administrator in various positions at Newcastle Netball Association.

Rodney has made an outstanding contribution to sport in Penrith and in NSW since he joined St Clair Netball Club in 1990. He was the driving force behind Penrith District Netball Association, as President for 18 years until 2012. He was recognised as a Life Member of the Association in 2002 then Patron in 2013.

Since then he served as a Director of Netball NSW from 2003 to 2019, where his love of netball has continued. Watson also served on Netball NSW Appeals Tribunal from 1997-2013.

In 2016, he was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to netball in an administrative role.

A Board Member of Netball NSW since 2001, Ruth has made an outstanding contribution to the game at state, national and international levels.

She has been instrumental in widening the base and increasing the skill level of Umpires and Bench Officials throughout NSW.

As of 2020 Ruth is a national timer and scorer at various state national and international competitions, including but not limited to the Netball World Cup, International Tests, Suncorp Super Netball, the Australian National League and Netball NSW Competitions.

A Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association Life Member, Carol Murphy has been a servant of the game for more than three decades. 

A passionate member of the Impalas Netball Club, she joined the Netball NSW Board in 2009 and chaired sub-committees in the fields of Sports Marketing, Governance and Appeals across her tenure.  

Murphy has been a leader of many improvements and opportunities for netball across the state. She has driven and influenced change through her passion for strong governance and processes over a period when netball has had to evolve to keep pace with the ever-changing sports industry. 

Vicki Kerr OAM, a former state player and coach representative, was inducted into the NNSW Hall of Fame in 2014.

An Australian Sports Medal and Order of Australia Medal recipient, she was a fixture in the NSW Opens teams from 1971 to 1978 and Head Coach of the NSW 21/U team from 1982 to 1990, guiding them to six National Championships. 

Kerr not only played a significant part in the development and standing of netball throughout her playing and coaching careers, but continues to give back to her own community. 

She is a Life Member of the Sutherland Shire Netball Association and has contributed significantly over many years to the growth and development of athletes within the Sutherland Shire, primarily through coach development.