Posted July 12, 2023 by Poppy O'Reilly

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our WedNEWSday articles.

This year the South West ONE Awards took place on Sunday 2nd July at Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire. Hosted by Claire Carter (BBC Somerset Senior Presenter) and with 115 guests in attendance it was an afternoon full of celebration and the joys of being able to come together to recognise the incredible work that is being done across the region to keep netball alive. Not to mention our special guest Serena Kersten MBE who concluded the event with a Q&A.

In support of England Netballs NETBALLHer initiative, flyers were available on each table for guests to take and covered topics such as periods, sports bras, menopause and pelvic floor. A caught short kit was also available in the toilets and posters with QR codes to access the NETBALLHer website were dotted around the room. In conjunction with this, Netball South West chose to give prizes alongside the certificates this year with a NETBALLHer theme, winners received either a Caught Short Kit, The Well HQ’s ‘The Female Body Bible’ book or a T-shirt.

Netball is in the heart of each and every one of the nominees which made it very difficult for the nomination panel to pick just one winner from each category. After much deliberation, we are thrilled to share with you the winners.

Coach of the Year – Children and Young People: Donna Hawkins

Coach of the Year – Adults and winner of the Heather Crouch Award: Linda Andrews

Community Official of the Year (in honour of Sheelagh Redpath): Jennifer Henwood

Club of the Year: Dart Netball Club

Inclusion Award: Jennie Burton

Outstanding Contribution of the Year (in memory of Mary Bulloch): Hollie Wright

Pioneer of the Year (in memory of Muriel McNally): Maria Dorothy

Teacher of the Year: Rachael Price

Unsung Hero of the Year: Sally King

Young Volunteer of the Year: Alisha Gardener

NSW Long Service Award: David Stringer, Denise Snow, Julie Dyer, Linda Andrews, Barbara Warburton, and Jan Howard

NSW Honorary Life Member Award: Jude Groves, Jean Davies, Linda Dyer, Gilly Salter, Danny Neill, Chrissie Brooks, Lesley Thomas, Barbara Warburton, Karen Jones, and Denise Ellis

We also want to say a HUGE congratulations to all of the nominees – Alisha Gardener, Alison Holmes, Amy Darkin, Angela Bass, Barbara Warburton, Becci Calver, Caroline Baines, Cath Clark, Chantelle Cox, Charlotte Griffiths, Chrissie Brooks, Claire Hammond, Claire Mitchell, Clinton Thomas, Corinne Hunter, Danielle Revell, Danny Neill, David Stringer, Deena Ritchie, Denise Ellis, Denise Snow, Donna Butcher, Donna Hawkins, Emma Hinkins, Evie E, Gilly Salter, Hazel Davidson, Hollie Wright, Holly Duerden, Isabel J, Jan Howard, Janice Treasure, Jean Davis, Jen Henwood, Jennie Burton, Jenny Bennett, Jude Groves, Julie Dyer, Karen Dent, Karen Peaty, Karen Sargison, Kate Durbin, Kate Underwood, Layla P, Lesley Thomas, Lily S, Linda Andrews, Linda Dyer, Lindsay Smith, Lisa Green, Lowenna Heaps, Maddi G, Maria Dorothy, Mavis Thorpe, Mel Ayres, Millie Matthews, Morven Eastaugh, Nicola Parry, Pete Gribble, Peter Burrows-Bryan, Rachael Price, Rosie Ellen Roberts, Sally King, Samantha Shewbridge, Sarah Anstee, Sarah Bishton, Sarah Edmondson, Sarah Lewis, Sarah Rowe, Shannon Hibbert, Sharon Champion, Sophie Bingle, Sue Anderson, Sue Pryor, Tina Delaney, Zoe Burke, Dart NC, Exeter NC, Penzance NC, Stanchester NC, Teignbridge Titans NC, and Wildcatz NC.

Without their hard work and dedication to making netball fun, inclusive and empowering, we would not have a sport that is loved by so many.

The winners of the 10 South West ONE awards categories will be invited to the national event taking place towards the end of the year (Date and Venue tbc) to represent our region and be in the chance of winning a national award. All of the winner’s nominations from the 9 regional ONE award events will be reviewed by a national panel.

Good luck to those representing the South West at the National Awards and thank you to the nominators for taking the time to nominate. Thank you also to everyone who joined us at Tortworth Court on Sunday 2nd July. Here’s to next year…

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