In what’s already been a fantastic year of recognition for netball officials in NSW, the sport is celebrating three more National Accreditations in the fields of coaching and umpiring.
The officials have used platforms such as the Australian Netball League (ANL) and the SAMSUNG Premier League as High Performance pathways to achieve their recent recognitions, and have since been rewarded for their hard work and dedication.
In the field of umpiring, Netball NSW would like congratulate Emma Corfield (Illawarra & District) and Thomas Turner (Parramatta Auburn), who were both recently awarded their National A Badges.
The organisation would also like to congratulate Orange Netball Association’s Mardi Aplin, pictured above, who achieved her Advanced Coach Accreditation.
On top of this, NSW also had a huge presence when it came to the officiating of the ANZ Championship Grand Final between the NSW Swifts and Queensland Firebirds on Sunday, 31 July.
NSW bench official Ruth Havrlant was bench manager for the trans-Tasman League’s showpiece event in Brisbane, and also carried out the same role for the ANZ Championship Semi Final between the Firebirds and Southern Steel.
There was also an NSW official on court during the Grand Final with Australia’s top umpire Michelle Phippard being appointed to oversee of the contest, alongside New Zealand counterpart Jono Bredin.
Netball NSW Volunteer Workforce Manager Dianne Brown said the recent achievements highlighted how strong the NSW development pathways are, and congratulated all involved.
“On behalf of Netball NSW, I would firstly like to say congratulations to everyone who was recently accredited, and who also played a part in what was the greatest ANZ Championship Grand Final ever played,” Brown said.
“We are so lucky to have such wonderful people at our disposal in NSW and netball in this state continues to grow as a result.
“2016 has been a stellar year so far and I’m very proud of the quality of officials that NSW continues to produce and the competitions we put in place which allow them to shine.
“There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in netball and it is wonderful to see these individuals recognised after a lot of hard toil and hours put in.
“Netball NSW looks forward to continuing to work with them on their development pathways.”