Five volunteers honoured with service awards

Five long-serving members of the netball community in New South Wales were rewarded for their commitment and service to their local Association at the 2012 Netball NSW State Dinner last week.

Vivienne Bertenshaw (Hawkesbury City), Marie Caddies (Charlestown), Helen Dean (Manly-Warringah), Sue Denman (Port Stephens) and Ernita McGrath (Dubbo), were recognised with the Anne Clark Service Awards, presented at on the night at the Grand Ballroom at Allphones Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.

The Anne Clark Service award is provided to individuals in recognition of their significant contribution to the development of netball at an Association level and is the highest accolade that Netball NSW can pay to its volunteers at District level.

Anne Clark Service Award Winners

Vivienne Bertenshaw – Hawkesbury City Netball Association
‘Viv’ began her long affair with netball as a player in 1957, before developing an interest in coaching.  In 1978 she began coaching junior and senior teams at Londonderry Netball Club.  After twelve years honing her craft, Viv took the reins of the Hawkesbury Division One State League team, guiding them to a premiership in her debut season.

While coaching State League, Viv has been involved in State Championships and State Age Championships teams for 25 years.  Viv holds her National ‘B’ Badge umpire, coaches Hawkesbury’s Night Interdistrict team and spent 11 years as the FunNet coaching coordinator.

Over the last 17 years Viv has been a member of the Hawkesbury Executive, including roles as Coaching Convenor (1990-1994), Representative Convenor, and is the current Vice-President.  Last year Viv was awarded a Life Membership with the Hawkesbury Netball Association.

Marie Caddies – Charlestown Netball Association
Marie has a long association with netball after her daughter began playing with the Kahibah Netball Club in 1968.  With no experience previously, Marie began coaching in 1969 and did so for 11 years until she took an interest in umpiring.

In 1981, Marie was awarded her National ‘C’ Badge before gaining her ‘B’ Badge two years later.  Marie spent many years officiating State League matches in the Hunter region, as well as offering mentoring to developing umpires.  As well as State League, Marie was sent as an Association Umpire for State Championships and State Age Championship for 18 consecutive years.

Marie was elected to the Umpires Committee for Charlestown Netball Association and acted as Umpire Convenor from 1989 to 2000.  She was Assistant Secretary for two years before being appointed Secretary for the Association in 2001; a role she stills holds.

Helen Dean – Manly-Warringah Netball Association
Helen has been involved with Manly-Warringah Netball Association for 34 years, beginning as a member of the Carnival and Fixture Committee.  Helen joined the Executive in 1986, and after serving on the committee for two years, she was appointed Association Secretary – a role she holds to this day.

Along with her Association commitments, Helen has been heavily involved at club level as Secretary of the Monte Club (1973-73), Forest Club President (1979-81) and Secretary (1982, 1985-1988), and Seaforth Club.

Helen has been heavily involved in negotiations with Warringah Shire Council in achieving additional courts for the Association, and is presently working towards the construction of a new Clubhouse.

Sue Denman – Port Stephens Netball Association
Sue began her long association with netball in the early 1980s with the Medowie Netball Club, and has held various positions over the past 30 years including Coach, Umpire and Delegate Manager.

While Sue’s involvement with the Port Stephens Netball Association is wide and varied, her most notorious position is as Canteen Supervisor – a position she still holds today after 20 dedicated years.  As well as ensuring the canteen runs smoothly, Sue has represented the Association as an Umpire at State Championships and State Age Championships, and can be often seen officiating State League matches.

Sue has been a Manager of Port Stephens representative teams for the last 20 years, and is a Life Member of the Association.

Ernita McGrath – Dubbo Netball Association
‘Nita’ McGrath has been involved with Dubbo Netball Association since its humble beginnings in 1970, when Nita and her friend Jan Foster convened a meeting to garner interest in starting a local netball competition.

Since then, Nita has held many roles within the Association including President or Vice-President over the last 38 years.  Along with heading the Association, Nita has been the Umpire Convenor and Representative Team Head Coach, as well as a delegate to Dubbo Sports Council.  In 1985, Nita was recognised as a Life Member of Dubbo Netball Association.

Over the last 42 years Nita has mentored grassroots umpires, seen the construction of a new Clubhouse, and has been recognised for her community involvement with countless awards including Dubbo City Council naming the netball complex in her honour; the Nita McGrath Netball Complex.