Netball mourns the passing of former national captain

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Netball Australia is saddened to learn of the passing of former Australian captain, Mary White, who died in her hometown of Adelaide on Thursday, aged 91.

White was the second person to captain the Australian national netball team and the first to skipper the side on an overseas tour—the 1948 Tour of New Zealand in which Australia won all three Tests matches played.

Netball Australia president, Noeleen Dix, said the entire netball community is saddened by the news of Mary’s passing and extends its sympathy to White’s family.

“We’re saddened by the news of Mary’s passing, a well-known identity in South Australian and Australian netball circles,” Dix said.

“The national team that Mary captained was a trailblazer in Australian netball as our first team to tour overseas.

“They established a style of netball that became the way the game was taught to young girls around Australia and continues to be today.

“Our current Diamonds can thank Mary and her 1948 team for setting the standard of the `Australian-way’ that has proved so successful over many years.”

While White was a very active player on the Australian netball scene, she never forgot about her roots back home and was always passionate about South Australian netball.

She became a life member of Netball SA in 1952, but also served as a State netball player, coach and was also a well-respected umpire.

Netball SA President, Graeme Gilbert, says that Netball SA sincerely appreciates White’s contribution to South Australian netball and her legacy will always be remembered.

“Mary is effectively the pioneer of netball in South Australia,” said Mr Gilbert.

“She will be sorely missed by our netball community and our condolences go out to Mary’s family and friends.”