Netball Australia introduced the Legend status to recognise those Hall of Fame members who have distinguished themselves at the highest level. A legend has elevated, influenced and impacted netball and sport through the depth and breadth of their actions nationally and internationally over an extended period of time.
They reach levels and set standards for future generations.
They introduce new ideas and concepts never known before in netball and/or sport. They command respect and admiration across multiple fields/industries.
Above all, Legends are few, and have the greatest of ability, changing the goalposts simply through their brilliance.
Having represented Victoria for five years, Joyce Brown captained Australia to the inaugural Netball World Cup title in 1963 and made all her nine international appearances at that tournament in England.
Brown then coached Australia in 66 Tests spread across three decades for 58 victories, including leading the country to world titles in 1975, 1983 and 1991. She was appointed the first full-time national coach in 1990.
Remarkably, Brown never lost a Netball World Cup match as a player and coach.
She was National Coaching Director between 1980 and 1983 where her visionary outlook set new benchmarks for a National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and introduced the first modified form of the game for children.
Brown returned to coaching in the former Australian national league with the Melbourne Phoenix between 1999 and 2002, guiding the club to premierships in 2000 and 2002.
As well as being a successful player and coach, Brown was also an accomplished umpire and earned her All Australian (AA) badge and received the AA Umpires Award in 1961.
Brown is also a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and in 1992 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to sport.