Central Coast Express Advocate - March 15th, 2017
SPORTS clubs can’t function without the Sharon Baileys of the world.
After playing netball her whole life, Mrs Bailey developed a love for the game and a passion for helping the next generation of netballers try and reach their goals — and she is our very first Local Sports Star nominee for 2017.
Woy Woy Peninsula Netball Association president Lisa Coakley said Mrs Bailey had provided both her club and the association countless years of service.
“Sharon through the years has worked tirelessly for the Woy Woy Peninsula Netball Association,” Coakley said.
“She joined the Brisbane Water Netball Club back in the early ’90s when her children were playing at the club and she has since become an integral part of the association.
“She works tirelessly for the association and others at her club wonder how she manages to find the time and energy, given she also works a fulltime job.
“But she’s passionate about the sport and the younger generation.
“She typifies the type of volunteer who are the lifeblood of junior sports associations.”
Mrs Bailey has been nominated for the service to sport category in this year’s Local Sports Stars competition.
The 58-year-old servant to the sport has filled many positions within her club and association from coach to president to secretary and is currently the WWPNA games and grading convener and treasurer.
She said it was a sport she had always loved.
“It’s brought me a lot of joy and I’m proud to give something back which is very rewarding,” Mrs Bailey said.
The Central Coast netball stalwart said she had seen lots of changes over the years.
“The rules have changed a bit, but definitely the professionalism of the sport has filtered all the way down to the grassroots level,” Mrs Bailey said.
“Former Woy Woy player Megan Anderson is the current assistant coach at the NSW Swifts and she has maintained a strong affiliation with the association.
“Having an Australian Diamonds player with such a bond to our association provides our players with the motivation and knowledge that they can follow in her footsteps.”
The Local Sports Stars program is searching for outstanding athletes aged under 18, as well as those who love and contribute to making sport a great experience for everyone.
We also want to celebrate the parents, coaches and volunteers that help make it all possible.
There are five categories to nominate people in: Junior Sports Star Individual, Junior Sports Star Team, Young Sporting Spirit Individual, Young Sporting Star Team and Service to Sport.
To nominate someone or find out more about the program visit: www.localsportsstarsstars .com.au.