Netball NSW invites our community to join us in farewelling our Umpires & Bench Officials Development Coordinator, Jan Simpson, who will today leave the organisation after more than 13 years.
Since joining Netball NSW in 2002, Jan has overseen the development and upskilling of thousands of NSW Umpires and, most recently, Bench Officials. Her dedication to the sport is evident in the success of our umpires from grassroots through to national and international levels, as well as the respect she holds amongst the officials fraternity.
Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell paid homage to Jan, who is one of the longest-standing employees of the organisation.
“Jan has made an amazing contribution to netball in NSW and has had an influence in not just hundreds, but thousands, of umpires and bench officials during her tenure,” Campbell said.
“She has grown with the organisation and has borne witness to so many achievements – whether it be the introduction of the ANZ Championship to moving into Netball Central, the growth of DOOLEYS State League to the introduction of new competitions.
“She is an incredible woman, a lover of the game, and her contribution to growing netball in NSW will always be treasured,” Campbell concluded.
Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM echoed Campbell’s comments saying the sport was richer for having individuals like Jan Simpson involved.
“It’s hard to put into words, but I would use the word exceptional. Jan has been exceptional in inspiring people to take up the challenge of umpiring, exceptional in her dedication to the work, and an exceptional representative of Netball NSW,” Archer said.
“We’ve been friends for many years, for much longer than her time as a Netball NSW employee, and I will miss her tremendously. But I have no doubt at all that we will continue to see Jan around the netball courts.”
Netball NSW would like to thank and congratulate Jan Simpson on her time with the organisation, and for helping to shape officiating in our great State. Best wishes for the future, Jan.