Spirit of Netball Celebrated at NQ Awards

The Netball Queensland Awards were celebrated on Saturday night at the Hilton Hotel as part of the 2019 Leaders Conference. A record number 85 nominations were received from community members across the categories.

Spirit of Netball – Youth

New to the program this year, is the Spirit of Netball Awards – one awarded to a recipient under the age of 21 and the other awarded to a recipient over the age of 21. The recipients of these awards embody the dedication, passion and commitment needed in our communities to help netball thrive and flourish. Open to both paid and unpaid workforce, these awards are each honoured with a perpetual trophy dating back to the 1920’s. These trophies are a part of netball history representing the past, present and future recipients and epitomising the spirit of netball.

Congratulations Beth Lawson. Beth has achieved at a high level and contributed to her club, association and netball as a whole in 2018; achieving her Umpiring National B badge at Premier League games. In her role as Head Umpire and Umpiring Development Coordinator, she mentored, coached and assisted the development of 20 young umpires at her club, culminating in the club winning Umpiring Club of the Year in 2018 at MDNA’s awards evening and Beth being awarded Senior Umpire of the Year. Beth has taken it upon herself to develop many initiatives within the Club to reward, challenge and motivate other umpires. Her impact in the netball community has been overwhelmingly positive. She assists to unify clubs, grow umpires, inspire young players and uphold the etiquette and beauty of our game.


Spirit of Netball

Congratulations Deb Eastlake. In 2018, Deb Eastlake was the President of Phoenix Netball Club, NetSetGO Coordinator for Townsville City netball Association, a member of Netball Queensland’s H3 People, Leadership and Culture sub-committee, played in Division 2 Seniors Team who won Team of the Year at Phoenix Netball Club, she coached the 13&14A team to a Grand final, MC’ed for the Magnetic North Steelcats QSNL home game cluster weekend and instigated and organised Townsville City Netball’s first formal Rep Presentation Night for 200 Players, Coaches and parents. Always the first to put her hand up to get involved in initiatives for the betterment of the game, Deb’s passion for the sport and for people is evident and infectious. She gets the best out of people as a friend, a coach, a teammate and as a president – a force to be reckoned with and someone who has made her Club proud.