New South Wales netball great Mo’onia Gerrard was honoured at the recent 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards, as a finalist for the Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.
Three awards were presented at NSW Parliament House on Friday 7 March, the eve of International Women’s Day; the Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award, and A.H. Beard’s Community Hero Award.
The Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year recognises women who have excelled in their career, field or passion and/or have made a significant achievement in a traditionally male-dominated area. Nominations were made by the community and the four finalists were selected by a judging panel.
Mo’onia was recognised for both her sporting achievements and her work in the community to promote a healthy lifestyle for women through being active and playing sport.
The Premier’s Award went to Turia Pitt, a burns survivor, mining engineer and volunteer – read more about Turia Pitt’s story here.
“She’s a massive inspiration,” Mo’onia said after the presentation.
“She so deserves it and there are few other ladies that are involved as well that were capable of winning it.”
The NSW Swifts Contracted Defensive Specialist Coach said she was humbled just to be named a finalist.
“It’s a massive honour… it’s pretty humbling just to get noticed pretty much and I guess it’s a good indication of where netball is going to and hopefully [Netball NSW] can keep improving the whole community engagement programs that we have.”
Hear more from Mo’onia, including what’s in store for her in 2014, on NetballNSWTV below:
Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year: Turia Pitt
Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award: Lakshmi Logathassan
A.H. Beard’s Community Hero Award: Faten El Dana OAM