In a very proud moment for Netball NSW, long-standing umpiring guru Sharon Kelly OAM was honoured with the Netball Australia Service Award at the national body’s awards night in Melbourne earlier this month.
Also honoured on the evening for their incredible contribution to netball were Noeleen Dix and Jan Sutherland, who received the same Award.
Kelly began umpiring at her local club in the Northern Suburbs Netball Association at the age of 12, had her National C Badge at the age of 14 and would go on to make her international debut in 1997.
By 2013 she had umpired six ANZ Championship Grand Finals in a row, and in 2015 won the Australian Umpire of the Year Award for the 14th consecutive year.
Kelly umpired her 100th ANZ Championship game in 2015 – the first umpire to do so – and officiated at the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney – her fourth World Cup. She also officiated at five Commonwealth Games from 1998-2014.
Since retiring from on-court duties she has become the NSW Umpire Coach where she mentors aspiring officials from across the state and continues to deliver for her sport day in, day out.
Netball NSW would like to take this opportunity to once again thank her for all she has done for the game, and what she continues to do for it.