Landsdale Netball Club’s rallying efforts rewarded

Taylah Parry.
Taylah Parry.

THERE was no way Landsdale Netball Club representatives were going to stand idle as one of their own endured life-changing trauma.

The club swung into action after a vehicle driven by a drunk teenager crashed into 17-year-old club member Taylah Parry, leaving her with injuries so serious surgeons had to amputate her left leg below the knee.

The July 3 ordeal left officials considering how best to support the stricken young netballer.

Comprehensive fundraising efforts ensued, raising $8000 for Parry as she endured intensive rehabilitation.

Landsdale president Mandy Italiano praised the teenager for her resilience.

“Taylah’s been fantastic in rehab and is using a prosthesis at the moment, and we have high hopes that she will one day be back on the netball court,” she said.

The club’s supportive efforts were last night recognised at WA’s premier sports awards night. Landsdale won the Beyond Sport Award at the WA Sports Star Awards, for epitomising the spirit of community sporting clubs.

Mrs Italiano was proud of the recognition.

“I’m a little shocked with the nomination though because what we did we would have done as a matter of course,” she said.

“It was a dark day for our club when Taylah’s life changed in an instant.”

The Beyond Sports Award is a new category at the annual awards night, heralding organisations whose initiatives have significantly benefited club members or the wider community.

The club was also recognised at the Wanneroo Districts Netball Association breakfast, where it was presented with the Monica Holton Club Appreciation award.