It is with deep sadness that Netball NSW informs our community of the passing of long-serving Tamworth Netball Association President, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Lockwood.
Many would describe Dot as the heart and soul of Tamworth NA, having been involved with the Association for 65 years – including the last 45 years in her current role as President.
While working as a school teacher, Dot first became involved with Tamworth as a coach before helping to run a competition for secondary school-aged children in the 1950s.
No task was out of reach, with Dot securing funding to build a brand new clubhouse in the early 1980s, before overseeing a $9 million upgrade to facilities in 2010-11, including the construction of indoor courts.
Her years of selfless dedication saw Dot honoured with many awards – Tamworth Life Membership (1989), the NSW Premier’s Community Service Award (2009), NSW Sports Federation Distinguished Long Service Award (2013) and the Anne Clark BEM Service Award in 1986. Her husband Ken was by her side throughout, earning himself an honorary Life Membership of Tamworth in 2009.
Whether it was Saturday netball or State Age Championships, Dot was forever present to support Tamworth’s players, coaches and umpires. No role was too great or small, with Dot admitting one of her weekly highlights was their NetSetGO sessions at the courts.
Our thoughts are with the Lockwood family, their friends and Tamworth Netball Association at this sad time.