SW volunteers steal the show at National Goalden Globe Awards

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SW volunteers steal the show at National Goalden Globe Awards

The South West volunteers stole the show at the England Netball National Goalden Globe awards on Saturday 16th September, with Mo Squires leading the way scooping 3 awards.

Following on from the Netball South West Regional Goalden Globes held in June the regional winners were put forward for the National Goalden Globe Awards. Volunteers from the South West were awarded and recognised for an amazing 10 accolades throughout the night, including Gilly Salter becoming an England Netball Honorary Life Member.

Lesley Robbins (Avon), from Team Bath NC, won the Mary Bulloch Administrator Award for all of her great work supporting the committee, coaches, umpires and players at Team Bath. The club simply would not function without her support.

The Muriel McNally Award was presented to Katrina Venner (East Devon) for her work mentoring coaches and umpires at her club as well as ensuring the North Devon League runs smoothly.

Francesca Nutt (Avon) was the National Grassroots Coach Award winner. Frankie has provided coaching opportunities and training across Avon, ensuring coaching vacancies are filled and introducing over 130 new players to netball.

Debbie Ashworth (Cornwall) collected the Grassroots Official Award for her outstanding work in developing umpires across the South West. Debbie has developed over 50 new umpires and has drastically improved the quality of umpiring not only in Cornwall but across the region. This is the 3rd year in a row that the Grassroots Official Award has been won by a South West volunteer and demonstrates the excellent standard of officiating we enjoy in the SW.

In addition, Channon Bruton (Dorset) and Amy Tomlin (Wiltshire) were celebrated for their contributions and both received the Pass on Your Passion Award for completing 400 voluntary hours in netball.

England Netball welcomed Gilly Salter as a new Honorary Life Member. Gilly achieved the highest of levels in netball representing England, has been a head coach at Hucclecote NC since 1988 and a national and regional scout since 1999. Gilly, who recently stepped down as NSW President, has had a huge impact on netball in both the South West and Nationally and this achievement is very well deserved.

However the star of the show was Mo Squires. The evening started with Mo collecting the National Long Service Award for her dedication to improving netball. Mo was then presented with the Inclusion and Diversity Award in recognition of her wonderful work as the founder and driving force behind Swindon Vixens NC, an EN Inclusion club providing netball opportunities for women who have learning disabilities. Mo’s hat trick of awards was completed with the National Rose Award. This award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to netball in the last 12 months and there is no denying Mo fits this category perfectly. Mo has fondly been named as the ‘founder’ of Walking Netball and has been a strong advocate of the game and its benefits. As one of the first WN hosts, Mo has launched Walking Netball in Swindon and ensured that it continues to go from strength to strength.

Karen Jones, Chair of Netball South West said ‘It is fantastic to see so many of our wonderful volunteers being recognised and celebrated on a national level. Volunteers are crucial to making netball happen at all levels so we are incredibly grateful for the work they have done.’

NSW would like to say a huge congratulations to all of our national Goalden Globe Award winners and to all of the nominees that represented the South West on the evening.

Mo Squires collecting the Inclusion and Diversity Award, one of 3 awards Mo won on the night.

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wedNEWSday: NSW RL Pre-Season Tournament

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NSW RL Pre-Season Tournament

The annual Netball South West Pre-Season Tournaments was held on Sunday 10th September at Paignton Academy.

16 teams from across all the Regional League divisions competed against each other to warm up for the season ahead and allow clubs to assess their players and different team formations.

The standard of netball throughout the day was excellent and the games were played in good spirit.

The competition also provided an opportunity for the NSW Umpires to receive mentoring and support from Umpire Mentors Julia Harvey and Debbie Ashworth.

NSW would like to take all the umpires, officials and umpire mentors for their help on the day to ensure the tournament was a success.

The final places were:

  1. Exeter A
  2. Team Bath A
  3. Galmington
  4. Storm
  5. Premier Romans
  6. Exeter B
  7. Teignbridge Titans
  8. Team Bath B
  9. Challengers
  10. Titans Lightning
  11. Saints
  12. Carol Anne
  13. Almondsbury
  14. Plymstcok
  15. Titans Thunder
  16. Devizes

Congratulations to Exeter A (pictured below alongside Exeter B) who won the Tournament.

Keep your eye out on the NSW website for regular RL updates throughout the 2017-18 season!

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Kim Sullivan

It is with such deep regret that Crossbow Netball Club have to inform you of the sad passing of Kim Marie Sullivan.

Our bright shining star fought a very brave battle against cancer over the past three and half years but sadly slipped away peacefully in her sleep on the 2nd September.

Kim Marie was known and loved throughout the Avon and South West Regional netball community during her time on and off the court. Representing Avon at both junior and senior levels, many will remember Kim as the friendly, bubbly centre court player for Crossbow.  She played the majority of her netball within the 1st team, competing for many years in the Avon league before the invitation to the Fiscal league which developed into the South West Regional league.

Crossbow was Kim Marie’s netball family.  She put her heart and soul into the club, her passion and commitment was so inspirational to so many of us.  She quickly grew as a talented young player into a significant role model at the club.  Kim Marie fulfilled many roles over the years such as a Captain, Junior Coach, Chairperson and President.  Even when she could no longer step out onto court, she would still be there to support everyone.  Respected for her words of wisdom, calming nature and warm welcoming personality.

Kim Marie ‘A true legend’ for Crossbow Netball Club.  Cherished by all that knew her and who will be so dearly missed.

We send our sincere condolences to Kim’s family and friends.

wedNEWSday: How netball brightens my darkest days

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How netball brightens my darkest days

Abi Webber is a 22 year old working mum who lives in Devon. Below Abi talks about the impact netball has had on her mental health since becoming a mum.

“I started playing netball when I was eight years old. Having a mother that used to play three times a week, it was impossible for me not to become engrossed. I started in the school teams, then was enrolled into a women’s team by the age of 15.

I became pregnant at 21. My pregnancy was difficult (morning sickness, fatigue, cramps… you get the idea), so I had to take a break from netball until my son arrived. I ached to be back on the court, watching from the side lines as I ballooned with a tiny human cooking inside of me.

When my son did arrive, the weeks after became harder for me to bear. At my 10 week check up, I eventually broke down to my GP, telling her that I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t coping and that I was frankly miserable. She diagnosed me on the spot with Post Natal Depression and reassured me that plenty of women unfortunately go through it too. She urged me to return to netball, as it was such a positive impact on my physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

I cannot explain how wonderful it was to be back on court, even if I was, and still am, sleep deprived. Being with a team of women that have become good friends through the sport has helped me overcome my depression. I still have dark days but a Monday (netball day) always brings colour to a very monochrome day. Just being out of the house for an hour allows me to become ‘Abi’ again, not just ‘Noah’s Mummy’, plus it’s really nice to not have to worry about changing nappies, wiping snotty noses and the torture of Cbeebies!”

Additional information: Abi also has a blog charting her life as a young mummy https://thetepidteadiaries.wordpress.com/

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