Life member overwhelmed

THE crowd of 350 at Singleton Netball Association’s presentation on Saturday night erupted into a loud applause when Carolyn Lambkin stood to collect a life membership from the club.
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A very surprised Lambkin was overwhelmed with the acknowledgement and the response as she was presented with her award.

Association president Kerri Koosmen said it was her great honour andpleasure to award life membership to her friend and netball colleague.

“As with most volunteer sporting organisations, committee members are often begged into getting involved,” Koosmen said.

“The vast majority of people servefor a few years then move on when their daughters stop playing – and theassociation is very grateful to everyone who has assisted in the running of the club over many seasons.

“There are a few however, that stayon for several years and continue tocontribute for the benefit of theassociation and its members, people like Carolyn and I sincerely thank her for that commitment.”

Lambkin has been a committee member with the association since 2003.

She is now the club registrar and deals with the arduous task of sorting all registration issues.

In the years since joining thecommittee she has become a national badged umpire, a team manager and a representative coach.

“We accept that today’s lifestyle is hectic in many ways,” Koosmen said.

“And, we understand that people do what they can when they can and we are grateful for that but we must ensure we show our gratitude to the ones that go above and beyond to ensure we have a successful association.

“Carolyn has given 13 years of service to our club as an official, umpire anda coach and many members havebenefited from her commitment.”

Shellie Walker, who was unable to attend the event, was also given a club service award.

It recognised her contribution to the Net Set Go program as well as herclub and representative coachingobligations and the fact that she umpires on a weekly basis.

“To watch Shellie each week with our future superstars is priceless and I think she gets as much from them as they get from her,” Koosmen said.

The evening was almost called the Claire McHattie night with this member of Agi Allstars recognised for her contribution to the 2015 netball season.

Agi Allstars featured in the grand final against the much experienced Blisters, losing the hard-fought battle 51-41.

McHattie came off the court smiling, excited to have experienced the Division One decider but more exciting things were to come that night.

She was named Division One grand final most valued player, and she received a gold whistle alongside Jasmine Maher for achieving their C grade national umpiring badge.

McHattie also collected the 2015 Peg Moore Junior Club Person of the Year award.

This plaudit recognised her umpiring achievement, her support with the umpires mentoring program and her involvement in the representativeprogram for the past seven years.

Abby Burden would have easily had the most difficult season, jumping in with both feet on her first year of the committee and taking on the role ofrepresentative convenor.

Not only did she have to deal with organising accommodation at twodifferent venues, but also the stressof being told the motel had made amistake with the booking.

On top of that, the uniform supplier also made a critical error with the wrong tracksuits arriving a week before State Age Championships.

Burden’s ability to think on herfeet and seek alternative options was amazing and the reason why she was awarded the Mary and Margo Robinson Senior Club Person of the Year.

Olivia Hebei was presented theindividual sportsmanship award in recognition of her love of the game, her keenness to assist with umpiring every week and always playing a hard but fair game demonstrating respect to her team mates, opposing players, umpires and spectators.

JUST REWARD: Abby Burden (right) with Nicole Paul after she received the 2105 Senior Club Person of the Year.

The team to receive the Janice Gardiner encouragement award for 2015 was Persas Amazons.

The 2015 Jenny Knight Team Sportsmanship Award went to Swerve.

Other awards were:

Foundation Accreditation: Erika Markham, Emma Johnstone, Chloe Norton-March, Rebecca Muller, Cheryl Rodgers, Wendy Robards and Krista Rix.

Development Accreditation: Holly Radmacher, Neryl Manns, Caitlyn Paul.

Coach of the year: Holly Radmacher.

Life member overwhelmed GREAT HONOUR: Carolyn Lambkin with Glencore’s Michelle Hunter after receiving her life membership award from the Singleton Netball Association on Saturday night.

OUTSTANDING: Claire McHattie with the Peg Moore Junior Club Person of the Year award that she received from Singleton Netball Association life member Debbie Senior.

TOP OFFICIALS: Umpiring encouragement awards went to Emma Welsh and Di Merrick.

WELL DONE: Jasmine Maher and Clair McHattie received their national C grade badge umpiring accreditation this year and were presented with gold whistles.

BIG EFFORT: Marley Stewart from M&Ms was named the most valued player from the Division Six grand final.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Olivia Hebei was awarded the individual award. 

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