2015 Queensland Netball Awards

The best and the brightest of netball in Queensland were celebrated tonight at the Queensland Netball Awards.

The awards were designed to recognise both the hard work and dedication of the various volunteers from the grassroots level, as well as the success of exceptional players from the Mission Queensland State Netball League competition and various Queensland state teams.

There was a lot for netball to celebrate in 2015, with the Mission Queensland Firebirds bringing home the ANZ Championship trophy, the Australian Diamonds being crowned World Champions and the announcement of a new ‘Home of Netball’ facility in Queensland.

Some of the things most worthy of celebration weren’t shown on the television or in the newspapers though, they were happening week-in and week-out throughout the heartland of netball in Queensland.

Volunteer of the Year Dale Constant has worked tirelessly in 2015 on the various programs in Tableland Netball Association.

On receiving her award Dale was quick to recognise the great support network throughout the netball community that allows her to give as much as she does to the sport that she loves.

“I call myself a netball tragic and that passion for the game will have me volunteering for many years to come.”

“It is all worth it when you see the kids enjoying the sport,” said Constant.

IMG_0279The awards also saw the outsanding efforts of Amanda VanderWal recognised for Coach of the Year, and rising star Jessica Lakeman awarded Umpire of the Year.

The Association of the Year went to a deserving Tweed Netball Association and the Club of the Year to Shailer Park’s Phoenix Gems Netball Club.

As demonstrated through the calibre of the many finalists, 2015 was a phenomenal year for netball in Queensland and with the depth of talent and commitment in our players, umpires, coaches and volunteers the future of the sport is in good hands.

 

Queensland Netball Awards Winners

AwardName 
Volunteer of the YearDale Constant
Coach of the YearAmanda VanderWal
Umpire of the YearJessica Lakeman
Association of the YearTweed Netball Association
Club of the YearPhoenix Gems Netball Club
17 & Under QLD State Team MVPKimberley Jenner
19 & Under QLD State Team MVPAshlee Unie
21 & Under QLD State Team MVPMahalia Cassidy
Queensland Fusion MVPLaura Clemesha
Judy Sampson Memorial TrophyAshlee Unie
MQSNL Division 1 Mission Foods Player of the YearKari Arrow
MQSNL Division 2 Mission Foods Player of the YearNikki Jones