Netball NSW would like to congratulate netball legend Mo’onia Gerrard OAM who has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the general division on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Gerrard was recognised for her service to netball, and to the community, in a career that has spanned more than two decades.
“We are thrilled to learn of Mo’onia’s accolade this morning, and could think of no one more deserving to be recognised for their efforts to our sport,” Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM said.
“Mo’onia is a shining role model for netball. She has represented her state from juniors through to the elite level with pride, while making 68 appearances for Australia in which she was also crowned dual World Champion.
“She continues to devote time to netball; now as a coach as she passes on her wealth of knowledge to the next crop of NSW and Australian athletes. Her coaching talents, just like her playing abilities, have also been recognised by Netball Australia with Mo’onia’s inclusion in their talented coach program.
“Not only active at home in Australia, Mo’onia is extremely passionate about her heritage and has long been involved with Tongan netball to help young women lead happy and healthy lives through being active.
“On behalf of Netball NSW I would like to congratulate Mo’onia on her latest achievement. We continue to be so proud of her efforts both on and off the court,” Archer concluded.
Gerrard was considered one of the most fearsome defenders in Australian netball for over 15 years. After starting her representative career with the NSW 17/U State Team, Gerrard made her elite netball debut with the Sydney Sandpipers in the former domestic netball league in 1999. She went on to make a combined 182 appearances for the Sandpipers, Sydney Swifts (Commonwealth Bank Trophy), Adelaide Thunderbirds and NSW Swifts (ANZ Championships) – making her one of the top ten most capped netballers in history.
During her illustrious international career, Gerrard was part of the World Championship-winning Australian Diamonds in Auckland (2007) and Singapore (2011), and won a Silver Medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Gerrard’s playing career concluded at the end of the 2013 ANZ Championship season. Since then the 35-year-old has turned her hand towards coaching. She has been involved with NSW competitions DOOLEYS State League and SAMSUNG Premier League, provided specialist coaching for the NSW Swifts, NSW State Teams and Australian underage squad camps.