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.
Official of the Year
The official of the year is a person who has officiated Netball Queensland sanctioned competitions and events, from the Club or Association level and up. This person may have performed their role as an official in either a voluntary or paid capacity.
Congratulations Zac Dawes. Zac is a B badged umpire based at Southport Carrara Netball Association and has thrown himself into any opportunity possible. He was an Umpire Convenor and Umpire Coach for the 2017 & 2018 Stroud Homes Premier Netball League competition and also donated his time for the Nissan State Age Championships, QPL competition and as an Umpire/Facilitator Coach for the Netball Queensland Emerging Talent program. Zac was selected as a Technical Official for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, from which he was appointed as Timer 2 in the historic Gold Medal match between Australia and England. Zac continued his Bench Official Development as a Netball Australia appointed Bench Manager for the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season.
Community Coach of the Year
This award is presented to a person who has coached in Netball Queensland sanctioned competitions and events, from the Club or Association level and up. This person may have performed their role as a coach in either a voluntary or paid capacity.
Congratulations Barrie Emanuel. Barrie is a well-known and respected coach of Townsville City Netball Association and has coaches all ages with success and humility. In 2018, he coached a Cadets team to a Grand Final, a promising young Premier League Team and an injury ravaged 15s Townsville City Netball Association representative team who placed 4th in the Championship Division at the Nissan State Age Championship; all of which culminated in Barrie winning the hotly contested 2018 Coach of the Year award at the Townsville City Netball Association awards.
Barrie leads as a great mentor, inspiring and empowering each team member to reach their full potential and beyond – he spends time getting to know the players and seeks to understand their motivational triggers; with a strong focus on belief. He is more than a coach, he is a role model in teamwork, fair play and a strong believe that how you conduct yourself is worth more than a trophy. A very deserved recipient of this award.