It is with great sadness that Netball NSW informs our community of the passing of former player, coach, selector and Hall of Fame inductee, Carole Sykes.
As a long-time member of the Randwick Netball Association, Carole first represented NSW in 1959 as a member of the NSW Night team.
Carole was later selected in the NSW Opens team from 1962-71, holding the position of Vice-Captain for three years and Captain for two. Her performances for NSW earned Carole selection in the 1970 Australian Netball Squad.
After retiring from playing in 1979, Carole turned her attention to coaching. Prior to coaching the NSW 17/U Team to three National Championship victories from four attempts (1992-1995), Carole was a member of the Australian Team staff as a satellite coach (1989-1992).
In 1991 and from 1993 through to 1996, Carole coached in the ESSO Super League and MOBIL League competitions, claiming the Prime Minister’s Cup as MOBIL League National Champions in 1991 with Sydney Pulsars and 1995 with Sydney Electricity.
Returning from a six year break in 2001, Carole coached in the NSW Indigenous State of Origin Series for four years, whilst juggling her commitments to the National program as a selector for the Opens, 17/U and 19/U age groups (2002-2008).
Awarded an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her services to the administration of netball, Carole was also a selector for the NSW Swifts that claimed the inaugural 2008 ANZ Championship.
In recognition for her extensive contribution to netball, Carole was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2008.
Our thoughts are with Carole’s family, friends and associates at this time.