Netball NSW would like to congratulate both Margaret Corbett & Audrey Davis who are set to receive the prestigious Order of Australia (OAM) for service to netball, after being named in today’s (10/6) Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM could not speak highly enough of these two women on confirming the news.
“The honour bestowed upon both Margaret and Audrey is wonderful acknowledgment for their tireless work and dedication to the sport of netball,” Archer said.
“Two very admired and respected women, who have played influential roles in the development of our sport in the areas of coaching and administration respectively.”
“On behalf of Netball NSW and those we represent, I would like to congratulate and thank them both for their enormous contribution to our sport,” concluded Archer.
Margaret has made a significant contribution to netball at National, State and Association levels. She has developed many players to international standard, and has provided guidance and expertise to many NSW teams and officials. Her dedication to the sport has seen her travel across the state conducting camps, coaching players, providing school clinics and conducting Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses.
Her involvement in Netball spans over 40 years, where she has been instrumental in the development and delivery of Level 1, 2 and 3 coaching courses. In 1984 she was appointed “ESSO Director of Coaching”, and she has made a significant contribution to coaching both on and off the court for Netball NSW. Not only has she assisted in her home state of NSW, but also interstate, providing them with up-to-date methods and techniques to ensure that netball in Australia stayed at the forefront of the sport.
From her days coaching at grass roots level with Sutherland Shire Netball Association, to coaching elite athletes as part of the Sydney Sandpipers in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (1997-2000) or at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, Margaret has always displayed an unwavering commitment to the sport.
Having dedicated so much of her life to netball and the development of its players and coaches, Margaret Corbett’s name will always be associated with some of the greatest on-court success in Netball NSW’s history, Winning a record nine National Championships in a ten year period. Known as the coveted “Golden Boot” era Margaret Corbett achieved this feat during the period of 1984-1993 when she was coach of the NSW Open Team – an achievement never attained by any other State Coach.
In recognition of Margaret’s commitment to the development of netball within NSW, Margaret was awarded the Anne Clark Service Award in 1976; Life Membership of Netball NSW in 1982 and was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2006. Additionally, her dedication to the sport national resulted in Netball Australia awarding her the All Australia Service Award in 2001.
There isn’t much Margaret Corbett hasn’t achieved as a coach and or mentor, which led Wendy Archer AM to label her an icon of the sport.
“You talk about adjectives and superlatives, and they just seem inadequate where Margaret is concerned, she truly is an icon,” expressed Archer.
If you have a look at what she has done, she has coached at all levels of our organisation.”
Perhaps Margaret’s lasting legacy will be her contribution to having netball included in every sport academy throughout NSW.
“She lead the charge for netball to go into every sport academy in this state, and we’re the only sport still I believe to have to have representation in every academy. That is just mindboggling if you have a look at when she first started that push, NSW netball didn’t have the resources we have today and she went out and sold the story ” Archer explained.
Margaret has also been hugely influential on the careers of many national representatives, but it’s the special connection she has with her athletes which sets her apart.
“People gravitate to her. She is a real character and players just love her,” Archer expressed.
“To think she raised a large family while dedicating so much time to the sport is just amazing, she is just amazing,” concluded Archer.
Audrey’s early background in netball commenced with an off-shoot from a soccer club – the Earlwood Basketball Club – which eventually joined an Association known at the time as the Western Suburbs Women’s Basketball Association. Audrey spent a number of years on their executive in varying capacities, and whilst during her term as President was instrumental in that district affiliating with the NSW Women’s Basketball Association in 1962. Shortly thereafter she was made a Life Member of the Western Suburbs Netball Association.
During these years she took an active interest in managing teams and at the same time began her interest in umpiring, gaining her ‘B’ grade badge in 1969.
During these years too, Audrey formed a strong friendship with Anne Clark, the State President at that time, and eventually, after some persuasion, nominated and was elected as Junior Vice President of the NSW Netball Association in 1970. During her term as Senior Vice President (1973-1979) Audrey acted as hostess to several visiting international teams. At the same time, mainly because of distances, she left Western Suburbs and joined the Northern Suburbs Netball Association where she was Senior Vice President for two years.
In 1980, Audrey succeeded Anne Clark BEM as the President of NSW Netball Association, a position she held until 1987.
In recognition of her contribution to the sport within NSW, she was awarded with Life Membership of Netball NSW in 1985.
Audrey is hugely admired and respected for her work in the sport and this salutation is richly deserved as Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM explained.
“Audrey is an absolutely delightful woman, who like all our Life Members was very passionate and is still passionate about the sport,” said Archer.
“I just think Audrey is a very special woman, who was part of a very special group of women that gave us a very solid foundation thirty odd years ago.”
“We are just so lucky that these women created such a base for us to leverage off. We are a well-run sport and it’s because of women like Audrey that we are where we are today. And it’s a wonderful acknowledgement for her as an individual and to run off that for the sport,” concluded Wendy Archer AM.
On behalf of everyone associated with the sport of netball, past or present, Netball NSW would like to congratulate both Margaret and Audrey on their much deserved honours.