Netball Australia and the netball community are saddened to learn of the passing of Gladys Waugh OAM, a former National Treasurer of Netball Australia who played a key role in the organisation of the 1991 Netball World Cup.
Waugh, pictured right, passed away earlier this week aged 87 at her home on the New South Wales Central Coast and Netball Australia president Noeleen Dix said she dedicated most of her life to netball.
Waugh filled the role as honorary treasurer of the All Australia Netball Association – as Netball Australia was known then – between 1984 and 1992 and was heavily involved with both the Sutherland and St George Netball Associations in Sydney.
She was a life member of the St George District Netball Association, who now present the `Gladys Waugh Trophy’ for outstanding Contribution to Netball on its Grand Final day every year.
In 1983 she was presented with an International Netball Federation Service Award and in 1992 she was given a Netball Australia Service Award for her contribution to netball. In 1978 Netball NSW awarded her with an Anne Clark Service Award.
Dix, who was previously the national executive officer of AANA, said Waugh was a driving force behind purchasing a property at Harris Park in Parramatta in the mid 1980’s that became the first headquarters of Netball Australia.
“Gladys had a wonderful love of figures and words, so she was incredibly reliable and meticulous about making sure everything was reported correctly,” Dix said.
“Netball was the recipient for eight years of her wonderful management skills across the organisation’s financial affairs.”
Dix said Waugh managed the finances of the 1991 Netball World Cup in Sydney by herself.
“There was no team involved; she did it by herself and that was a huge workload but she gave of her time and expertise and she had a wonderful manner,” Dix said.
Netball Australia’s thoughts are with Waugh’s husband Ted and their three children and her extended family and friends.