Rural netballers recognised as Hidden Treasures

Four members of Netball NSW rural community have been included in the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, an initiative organised by the Rural Women’s Network and backed by the Communities NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.

Congratulations to Robin Butler, Kellye-Anne Coleman, Jodie Thomas and Bev Thorpe for the inclusion amongst 96 women listed on the Honour Roll as a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to all the quiet achievers and often the backbone of sporting organisations around the State.

The list was announced on Saturday 26 October at the annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, this year held in Scone, and recognises women from all corners of the State – from Byron Bay to Mudgee, Nyngan to Port Macquarie.

The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll is a public tribute to the vast number of women who give their and energy to help others, and is an annual joint project of the Department of Primary Industries Rural Women’s Network and the NSW Centre for Volunteering, which celebrates the import work of volunteers.

Click here for the full list of Hidden Treasures Honour Roll Nominees

Congratulations to Robin, Kellye-Anne, Jodie and Bev, as well as the rest of the nominees, on their inclusion in the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Robin Butler – Ulladulla Netball Association

Robin was born in 1942 at Morwell in Victoria and started playing netball from the age of seven. After completing school, she worked as a secretary, personal assistant, and managed a travel agency. After five years living abroad, Robin returned to Morwell in 1972 where she joined the local Netball Association. She married Les in 1974 and joined the Traralgon Netball Association, becoming a life member in 1990.  Robin, Les and their daughter Meta moved to Ulladulla in 1990 where she promptly joined the Ulladulla & District Netball Association. Robin was Vice President for two years then became the Umpires Convenor for two years. After a committee break she re-joined to concentrate on developing young umpires. Over the next 10 years Robin was instrumental in obtaining a new clubhouse, brick storage facility, fencing around the courts and last year an entire new surface for six courts. Robin has rarely missed a Saturday of netball. As the current Secretary, she has updated all club policies and keeps on top of the paperwork. Robin would easily spend over 15 hours a week on netball matters because she is so committed to the sport and youth.

Kellye-Anne Coleman – Temora Town Netball Association

Kellye-Anne works as an Infant’s teacher in Temora. She is married with four children and has lived in town all her life. In 2011 Kellye-Anne became President of the Temora Town Netball Association (TTNA). Her dedication and commitment to this role has seen a huge increase in the numbers and strength of the Saturday morning junior competition. On the back of the resurgence of netball in town, Kellye-Anne has led a committee to re-establish representative netball (TTNA has not had representative teams for the past five years). Hours of meetings, fundraising and organising saw TTNA send two representative teams to the 2013 State Age Carnival in Sydney. Every Saturday morning during the netball season (May to August) Kellye-Anne can be found at the town netball courts. She would spend around three to four hours a week—working in the canteen, leading the Fun Net children, organising carnival teams, ordering and maintaining equipment and arranging fundraising activities. In addition to this, she would average another two hours a week at representative training, attending committee meetings and actively pursuing sponsorship. Kellye-Anne is the driving force behind the establishment of an inter-town competition (which she hopes will be up and running in 2014). Her enthusiasm, hard work and vision are admirable.

Jodie Thomas – Temora Town Netball Association

Jodie is a Temora girl who has settled in town with her own family and works as a Teacher’s Aid at a local School. In 2011 Jodie took on the roles of Secretary and Canteen Manager with Temora Town Netball Association (TTNA) spending up to four hours a week volunteering during the Saturday Morning Netball Competition (May to August). In 2012 Jodie became Vice President for the TTNA and assists in the canteen every week. She was instrumental in organising TTNA carnival teams in 2011-2013 and in 2012 was part of the committee established to reintroduce representative netball for the Association (after a recess of five years). Hours of meetings, fundraising and organising by Jodie and the committee resulted in TTNA having two representative teams at the 2013 State Age Weekend in Sydney. This involved training sessions from November to July, a 15 week Monday Night Competition and five Sunday carnivals. She is now trying to establish an inter-town netball competition to further opportunities for junior netballers in Temora.

Bev Thorpe – Shoalhaven Netball Association

Bev is a wife, mother of four, grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of one. She is the heart and soul of her family and netball. Bev has been a volunteer with the Jervis Bay Netball Club (JBNC) and Shoalhaven Netball Association (SNA) for 30 years, coordinating twilight competitions in Jervis Bay, and working with five to seven year olds in Fun Net for SNA. Every Saturday Bev is there for anyone needing help around the courts, and to ensure young people gain a love for netball. She has been assisting her daughter coordinate Fun Net programs for over 10 years. Bev can be found setting up the canteen early in the morning, packing pies, wrapping cakes, stocking fridges and supporting other volunteers. Bev helps manage a team or two and stays back to pack up the courts at the end of the day. She is a very community minded person and is always thinking of what she can do to assist others. Throughout 30 years of volunteering Bev has touched the lives of many local children, young women and a range of other community members. She was awarded Life Membership of JBNC in 1996 and SNA in 2000. Bev is dedicated to being there for each and every member of her family as well as the greater community of Shoalhaven Netball. She is truly a Hidden Treasure and is loved and respected by all.

Nominee descriptions taken from the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll information booklet