Two central Victorian netball volunteers say they are “flattered” and “shocked but thankful” to be recognised by Netball Victoria.
White Hills’ Zenda McConnell and Wycheproof-Narraport’s Allison Roll each won $100 for their clubs and received recognition for the efforts in NV’s Volunteer of the Year awards, presented by Places Victoria.
McConnell said she was flattered to be nominated and pleased to provide some experience at her young club.
“I’m really proud to represent my club. Netball is a great sport which I have always participated in,” she said.
“We are a fairly young club and as one of the older ones, it is a great opportunity for me to give back by making sure there is a good base for those come through the club.
“I’d really like to thank Places Victoria and Netball Victoria who have recognised the importance of the grassroots netball community.”
Roll said helping provide an enjoyable environment for young players was one of her main aims at Wycheproof-Narraport.
“The club is an important part of the community and netball is a good outlet for kids in the community,” she said.
“I want to help ensure that the environment is a good one for our kids and our facilities are of a standard that allows everyone to get the best out of the club.”
Netball Victoria chief executive Michelle Plane said the organisation was very keen to formally recognise the critical role of volunteers within the netball community.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our sport,” she said. “We highly respect and value volunteers…who work tirelessly within netball to ensure everything runs smoothly and that participation is promoted and encouraged at a grassroots level.”
Registrations for the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award are now open at www.netballvic.com.au/volunteer.