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On Saturday 5th November 2022, regional ONE Award winners from across the country came together to celebrate all the incredible work each and every one of them do to make netball happen. The event took place at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and guests were welcome to explore the gardens and greenhouses before the celebrations began.
Out of the 10 South West winners we are thrilled that two won National Awards! Louise Hastie won the Muriel McNally Award and Amy Tomlin won the Young Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition to the ONE Award winners Becky Etchells and Sian Kelly were both recognised for achieving 400 hours of volunteering as part of the Pass on Your Passion scheme and Nora Fletcher was awarded the Long Service Award.
“Without Lou, the vision and reality of a netball club in Sidmouth wouldn’t have come to fruition. Having spent years supporting, coaching and transporting players to Honiton NC, in 2016 she set up the SNC. She secured funding from the EN Starter Fund, the SVA Keith Owen Fund, the Parishes Together Fund, Waitrose and the Co-op. In 2018 she took her Level 2 and became lead coach. By setting up SNC, Lou has enabled over 100 girls aged 5-16 to participate in club netball. Club facilities hinder what we can offer, so Lou is an integral member of our court redevelopment working group with Sidmouth College. Lou arranges trips for our players to attend Superleague matches at Bath, organises Bath players to run training sessions during the holidays, runs netball camps and charity tournaments in the school holidays. All of this she does as a volunteer.”
“Amy achieved her 400 hours ‘Pass On Your Passion’ award in 2017 and has continued her netball volunteering journey qualifying as a level 2 coach, C award umpire and taking on the important Committee role of CAPS coordinator; successfully managing to ensure that Raychem attained Gold CAPs reaccreditation. Amy coaches at Junior Club, Swindon league, Regional U16, primary school clubs, Raychem’s Netball camps and volunteers at Swindon Vixens Learning Disability Netball Club, occasionally leading the weekly training sessions. She always has a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. She makes her training sessions fun and inclusive and easily adapts her coaching style to the group to whom she is delivering. Amy identified the need for some netball sessions for those that had struggled with their mental health during the pandemic. What started as a small number grew to 94 participants.”
2022 National One Awards Winners:
Pass on your Passion, presented by Joan Mills (England Netball President)
Anja Miller (NW)
Becky Etchells (SW)
Sian Kelly (SW)
Young Netball Volunteer presented by Joan Mills (England Netball President)
Ziana Butt (LSE) and Amy Tomlin (SW)
Teacher of the Year Award presented by Ama Agbeze (Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist)
Samantha Evans (WM)
Coach of the Year (Children and Young People) presented by Katy Ryan (England Netball Director of Development)
Claire Bowen (EM)
Inclusion Award presented by Stacey Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Lyndsey Barrett (E)
Long Service Award presented by Stacey Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Special Recognition Award presented by Stacey Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Colette Thomson MBE
Mary Bulloch Community Volunteer Award presented by Janet Wrighton MBE (Former England Netball President)
Sally Essex (LSE)
Sheelagh Redpath Officiating Award presented by Sheelagh Redpath
Susan Wilkinson (E)
Coach of the Year (Adults) presented by Sara Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Phyll Karkoski (E)
Murial McNally Award presented by Lindsay Sartori (Former England Netball President)
Louise Hastie (SW)
Unsung Hero presented by Eboni Usoro-Brown (Former Vitality Rose)
Ann Selby (S)
Club of the Year presented by Eboni Usoro-Brown (Former Vitality Rose)
Wyre Netball Club (NW)
We wanted to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers because without you our netball would not be the sport it is today.
Feeling inspired to volunteer? Find out more about getting started here: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/be-involved/volunteers/
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All photos courtesy of Flynn Duggan (@flynnduggan.photography)