Netball in Queensland dominated at the 21st Annual Queensland Sports Awards last night, with the most popular female sport in Australia taking out three awards, the most awards from across every recognised sport.
Queensland Firebird head coach Roselee Jencke was deservingly awarded the Sport Coach of the Year, the ANZ Championship Grand Final took out the Sport Event of the Year, and the Queensland 17 and Under national championship team was named the Junior Sport Team of the Year.
Awards and recognition of this calibre are a great way to highlight the success of women’s sport in Australia, said Netball Queensland’s CEO Catherine Clark.
“2015 has been an outstanding year for netball in Queensland with multiple milestones being recorded,” Ms Clark said.
“It’s great for our sport to be so widely recognised at Queensland’s peak sporting awards event of the year.”
Jencke beat out Australian swimming coach Michael Bohl and rugby league legend Mal Meninga to receive her award, while the ANZ Championship Grand Final won over sporting events such as the Brisbane International and the Asian Football Federation Cup.
“Each of the award categories were very competitively contended, so to see netball rise to the top and win three awards was fantastic,” Ms Clark said.
Former star of both Queensland and Australian netball, Vicki Wilson, was elevated to Legend status, making her the 15th Legend of Queensland Sport to be inducted in the state’s Hall of Fame.
Wilson represented Australia for fifteen years, in which she played 104 Tests, won three world titles and scored the first Commonwealth Games gold medal for netball.
Her induction makes her the first representative of netball at the Legend status, but if this year was anything to go by, she definitely won’t be the last.