2021 NQ Award Winners

The NQ Awards are about recognising and celebrating the contributions and commitment of both organisations and individual members of our netball community across Queensland. Congratulations to the following winners:

School of the Year Award - The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James - Townsville

Built on a culture of integrity, respect, fun and responsibility, The Cathedral School program sees netball not only as a physical activity for students to stay fit & healthy but, more importantly, as a social & emotional activity whereby students can connect, grow and become active citizens with a sense of belonging. Please join me in congratulating our 2020 Netball Queensland School of the year.

Official of the Year Award – Cara Wennerbom

Currently an endorsed A Grade umpire who is a member of the Netball Qld Umpire performance squad, Cara was selected to reserve the majority of the Suncorp Super Netball games in the Qld Hub. Cara is a exceptional role model for up and coming umpires and is always ready to give her time and knowledge to support other umpires.

Community Coach of the Year Award winner – Anita Williamson

A dedicated and insightful coach, Anita has the ability to bring the best out of her players. She has generously given her time to coach at club and QPL level and should be commended for commitment to player development from beginner to the next generation of netball star. Forming a team connection where no player feels left out is something she focusses on and has changed many girls love of the game in the process.

COVID Safety Coordinator of the Year Award winner – Adriana Boske

Adriana joined the Hervey Bay Netball Association committee early last year and did not hesitate to take on the role of Covid Coordinator for the association when circumstances dictated, becoming the workhorse behind the return to the courts, and at great personal cost to herself. Adriana epitomises the selflessness displayed by all COVID Safety Coordinators throughout 2020 and is a most worthy recipient of this award.

COVID Safe Organisation of the Year Award winner – Pine Rivers

Pine Rivers delivered a full 15 week season despite the challenges presented by last year, courtesy of their transparent communication, open collaboration with stakeholders and diligent compliance with the guidelines. An incredible achievement from one of our largest associations across the State.

Community Organisation of the Year (less than 500) Award winner – Biloela Netball Association

As the largest junior sporting association in the region, Biloela strives to be an outstanding leader, both in their netball community and their local community. Forming genuine connections with their volunteers and members to ensure a culture of positivity and encouragement, 'Bilo' as they are affectionately known are a shining example to our broader Netball Queensland family.

Community Organisation of the Year (more than 500) Award winner – Mount Isa Netball Association

Although challenged by their remote location, this doesn't stop Mount Isa Netball Association from ensuring their local community and players have access to regular competition, development training and pathways, nothing is too hard for this high achieving Association. Participation and engagement is encouraged to it's fullest. A culture that captivates inclusion and diversity highlights the extraordinary efforts demonstrated by their valued volunteers.

Inclusion Award Winner – Phoenix Sports & Culture Club

A proud club in the Cairns Netball Association region, Phoenix supports players and coaches development from all diverse groups within the community. Phoenix is all about culture, for all different first nations and non first nations players within their community.

Spirit of Netball – Youth Award winner – Ella Grimston

A member of Pinecones netball club for more than 6 years and currently undertaking her year 12 studies, Ella is actively involved in the club as a player, coach and umpire. Ella is generous with her time, respectful to everyone she comes in contact with, helpful to all who seeks it and goes above and beyond what is expected of a member of Pinecones Netball Club.

Spirit of Netball Award winner – Deanne Hamilton

Deanne is a netball administrator, leader, coach, umpire and player. Working across regional, association, club and school networks, Deanne's love for the game is channelled into developing and encouraging young netballers and working within netball organizations to lead change and drive the game on and off the court. Deanne fully embraces the vision of transforming lives through the game and walks the walk when it comes to developing, implementing, reviewing and changing. She has been bold in her goals and worked with key stake holders with honesty, integrity and passion. She has mentored countless players through difficult periods of their life using the game of netball as the vehicle for them to gain confidence and be the best version of themselves.

NetSetGO Award winner – Royals Netball Club

Priding themselves on encouraging and supporting all players to not only have great success in their netball journey, but to have fun along the way and make life-long friendships, Royals Netball Club are a most worthy recipient of this award. Royals program delivered the largest number of enrolments in the Club's history last year, all in the face of the challenges of COVID-19.