The Padbury resident was named Squash WA Coach of the Year for her role coaching the club’s junior players.
She has been a member of Marmion Squash Club for 30 years and started Marmion Midgets with another parent in 1999.
Since then, at least one junior player has made the State team every year, with many playing in and winning national competitions. ‘But it’s not just about making elite players get through, we pride ourselves on making (squash) a family thing,’ she said.
While Mrs Cowell has an obvious passion for the sport, she said it was the children that made coaching worthwhile.
‘We could have had a bad week and then you go in and you see the kids so excited, that’s why I go back,’ she said.
‘I don’t go looking for glory, I just enjoy being with the kids.’
Other winners included Netball WA Coach of the Year Michelle Wilkins, of Darch, Ashby resident and Triathlon WA Coach of the Year Dan Atkins and Official of the Year for cricket, Nathan Johnstone, from Woodvale.