HAPPY SEASON: Chinchilla Netball Inc. junior players at their end of season breakup on September 14.
HAPPY SEASON: Chinchilla Netball Inc. junior players at their end of season breakup on September 14. Amani Vassiliou

A lifetime of netball

NETBALL:On Friday September 14, Chinchilla Netball Inc wrapped up a winning season and honoured the lifetime commitment of Kelly Statham.

On the afternoon dedicated to congratulating junior players on their improvement over the season, president Renee Richards took time to reflect on what has been an exciting time of development for Netball Inc.

Back in March 2017, the club and the Chinchilla State High School received $514,000 in funding to build a new multi-purpose hall.

Earlier this year they were granted council funding to develop three new outdoor courts.

President Renee Richards linked the growth of the club to the years of lobbying, passion and commitment showed by Ms Statham.

"Over the years, she has been president, vice-president, treasurer, umpire, inter district co-ordinator, QPL co-ordinator, representative co-ordinator, grants officer, building facilities co-ordinator, Panthers manager, coach and mum,” Mrs Richards said.

"She has won an Australia Day award for her contribution to the club and with her band of merry helpers plus our kids we have been lucky enough that we also became part of her passion and commitment,” she said.

"We now have a hall, we now have funding for an extra three outdoor courts.

"The executive committee firmly believe that without this lady and her drive this would not have been achieved.

"She is driven to never give up and she is driven to give our netballers more than they have ever had, more avenue than we've ever had as a club.”

To honour her integral nature to the club, Ms Statham was awarded the first Chinchilla Netball Inc Life Membership.


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