Role model rewarded

Hard-working Georgia Staal.
Hard-working Georgia Staal.

YOUNG netballer Georgia Staal was recognised for both her willingness as a volunteer and her achievements as a player when she was awarded the Emerald association's top honour at the recent junior presentation ceremony.

The 15-year-old was awarded the ENA Netballer of the Year title in front of a crowd of more than 300 junior players and families at the end-of-season celebration at Pioneer Park.

ENA president Nanette Hall said Georgia was a much-valued member of the association and a wonderful role model to younger players.

"Nothing is ever too much trouble for her," Hall said. "She coaches and umpires and regularly steps in at the last minute to help out when someone else can't do their duties.

"Georgia also works very hard on her own game, plays in both the junior and senior divisions, and has been committed to improving her skills as a member of the inaugural regional Stanwell Development Squad this year."

The other major award, the Joyce Biddle Memorial Shield, was presented to Tracey McDonnell for her on-going efforts as a valued association volunteer.

ENA also acknowledged the efforts of long-time volunteer Julee Rooney by awarding her life membership. In her time with the association, Julee has been a coach and canteen convenor and continues to umpire each week for the junior fixtures.

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