Netball great Sue Neal honoured for service to sport

Netball great Sue Neal honoured for service to sport

KELMSCOTT netball legend Sue Neal took home the RAC Insurance Service to Sport Award at the WA Sports Star Awards held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Southern Districts Administrator and Netball WA volunteer was recognised for her 30-year contribution to the game as a coach, umpire, bench official, committee member and competition official from the grass roots level to the elite.

Ms Neal was bench official for both the ANZ Championship and 2015 Netball World Cup and has been president of the Scorchers Netball Club since 2014.

Her three daughters all inherited her netball genes, having played at district, state and international levels and giving back to the sport through volunteering.

Netball WA President Deane Pieters said the collective netball community was extremely proud of Ms Neal and all she had achieved.

“She epitomises all the qualities we desire in netball and is a wonderful example of the selfless and resolute attitude that has driven the growth of our sport,” he said.

“We are fortunate to count Sue as a most valued member of our game’s family here in WA and certainly believe she is most worthy of this award.”

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, the Sports Star Awards’ coveted Sports Star of the Year award has been won by greats such as Herb Elliott, Margaret Court, Dennis Lillee and Nat Fyfe.

Netball was well represented on the night with West Coast Fever Shooter Nat Medhurst and former player Caitlin Bassett both finalists for Sports Star of the Year.

This year the award was won by golfer Curtis Luck.