#wedNEWSday – Inaugural Fair Play Award presented in Avon in memory of a netball legend

Avon Netball’s 2017/18 season was brought to a conclusion for the local divisions at their AGM last month, when the awards for nominated players, runners up and winners within each division were presented to the successful teams and players. A new addition to this year’s list of trophies was the Fair Play Award in memory of Kim Sullivan, who played for Crossbow Netball Club for many years and sadly passed away earlier in the season.

 

Kim was known and loved throughout the Avon and Netball South West community during her time both on and off the court.

 Representing Avon at both junior and senior levels, many will remember Kim as a friendly and bubbly centre court player who played the majority of her netball within the first team, competing in the Avon League before being invited to play in the NSW regional league. Kim put her heart and soul into Crossbow who were her netball family, and fulfilled many roles over the years such as Junior Coach, Chairperson and President. She continued to support the club when she could no longer step out onto the court, and was well respected for her words of wisdom, calming nature and warm welcoming personality.

The deserving recipients of this new accolade were Newbridge Ninjas, who finished second in division 10 and have therefore gained promotion next season. They have been praised for their helpfulness, sportsmanship and ability and willingness to support others.  Newbridge have been extremely supportive of new players joining their club throughout the season, including running their training sessions jointly as a Back to Netball session, England Netball’s nation initiative to get women back into playing the sport.

The efforts of Newbridge Ninjas in terms of their attitude towards fair play deserves to be recognised and made them worthy winners of the inaugural Fair Play Award. Kim’s husband, Marc Sullivan, attended the Avon AGM to present Newbridge Ninja’s their award.

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#wedNEWSday – An Easter to remember for Wimborne NC

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During the Easter holidays, the Wimborne Netball Club (WNC) U13 Regional team celebrated the end of the season by heading off to Disneyland Paris to take part in the Study and Sport Netball Tour.  Mornings were spent in the Disney parks, with the afternoons taken up with match play and masterclasses from Superleague players.

Teams came from all over the UK to take part, from both clubs and schools.  The WNC team, playing in the U14 section, came third in their seeding matches on the first day so went onto play in the Shield Tournament on the final day.  The girls stormed through the quarter and semi-finals, narrowly losing out in the final. The tour was rounded off with an awards dinner where the girls were presented with their runners-up trophy from Surrey Storm’s, Mikki Austin. The whole squad had an incredible time. Netball and Disney – the perfect combination!

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#wedNEWSday – Avon based netballer listed on Bristol Active City’s Exceptional Contribution list

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Bristol Active City have recently released their Exceptional Contribution list, recognising community heroes and local legends who have made an outstanding contribution to community sport and physical activity, giving their time to enable others to get involved.

Netball South West’s Sue Anderson – Netball Coach, Captain of Airborne Netball Club and Back to Netball Area Coordinator – was one of those listed.

Read below to hear her story…

“I have always been involved in sport and played in both the netball and rounders teams at school.  When I left school I started to play handball and went to Germany with our team to play over there. Following that I got married and had 3 children so team sport was difficult for a while so I attended fitness sessions instead.  Then one day my sister asked me to play for her netball team as she was short and I have never looked back.

Since then I have become a Level 2 Netball Coach and a “B” Award Umpire. I run Airborne Netball Club that has 3 Senior  and 4 Junior teams. I have worked for Ashton Park School going into schools and coaching primary school children, then six years ago I was blessed and got a job with England Netball to get ladies back into netball.  It is a dream job and the thousands of ladies I have met has been unbelievable.  They are truly inspirational.

One of Airborne’s biggest achievements was getting into the Guinness Book of World records for playing Netball continuously for 56 hours, it was one of the best feelings ever, as part of this we raised £10,000 for 2 charities: Bristol Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research.”

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