Kate Thornborough (left) has been honoured for her contribution to netball in the same way as Myra Zacher.
Kate Thornborough (left) has been honoured for her contribution to netball in the same way as Myra Zacher.

Major award to netball stalwart

LONG-TIME commitment to netball has seen a major award handed to Kate Thornborough.

Kate has become the toast of Coffs Harbour Netball Association (CHNA) after receiving the prestigious Anne Clark Service Award at the State organisation’s annual dinner.

She is the second local recipient in two years after Myra Zacher was handed the same honour in 2008.

The Anne Clark Service Awards recognise individuals who have provided at least 10 years outstanding service to the development of netball at an Association level and is named to honour Anne Clark who is known as the ‘Mother of Netball’ for her significant contribution to the sport.

The who’s who of netball in New South Wales frocked up for a night of glamour at the grand ballroom in Bankstown Sports Club to recognise the achievements of past and current players, officials, coaches and administrators and celebrate the future of the sport.

Coming so soon after Myra received acclaim, CHNA spokesperson Vicki McDowell said Kate’s prize has thrilled everybody involved in the sport.

“Kate is a wonderful ambassador for the game of netball,” she said.

“She is dedicated and has been involved in the game for a long time.

“Everybody who knows her has the highest respect and we

are very lucky in Coffs to have her so readily available and our umpires appreciate her taking the time to help them with their skill development.”

McDowell said in the past few years the standard of umpiring had soared as a direct result of Kate’s expertise.

“She has been a guide and sounding board for many young umpires and the Association has seen many benefits through her direct involvement,” she said.

Netball NSW media officer Kimberley Lewis revealed the nomination for Kate was accompanied by 16 supporting documents from umpires who’d received her expert tuition.

“They speak of Kate’s passion for umpiring,” she remarked.

“Her passion in umpiring is coaching during the past 10 years and developing regional umpires to allow them to experience the sport at as high a level as they can reach.

“Kate is always approachable, happy, positive and encouraging with her words of wisdom, knowledge, charm and humour.

“A perfect role model, she seeks no remuneration for the countless hours she gives to netball.”



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