Devon netball is paying tribute to it’s former Secretary, umpire and player Wendy Thorpe who has died after a determined and courageous battle with cancer.

Wendy has been involved in netball originally in Exmouth, then in the Exeter League where she was Secretary for over 15 years. She had a wealth of experience and knowledge and was always willing to help teams and players.  It is because of Wendy’s hard work that the membership has reached over 800 and the league is the huge success that it is today.

When league netball did not give Wendy enough to do, as well as a full time job, she took on the role of East Devon County Netball Secretary and also organised the academies across the County, which are used to develop the most talented young netballers in Devon. She then became Treasurer to the newly formed Exeter Netball Club, Wendy was involved with the club for many years, and was a wonderful ambassador. Efficient was Wendy’s middle name she worked tirelessly and unconditionally for the club, where Wendy learnt to be their scorer in their Regional League matches, which took her all over the South West, trips she loved being part of, and rarely missed a game.

Wendy battled against her cancer for a long time and faced it head on. She dealt with her illness with courage and fortitude. Her fight against her cancer was both humbling and inspirational.

Wendy crammed an extraordinary amount of living into her 59 years and she was never happier than when she was with her grandchildren, or at the side of a netball court.

Netball has lost a much loved and respected friend. Our thoughts are with Wendy’s husband John and all her family.