Former Australian coach Jill McIntosh and former international umpire Chris Burton were both honoured overnight with International Service Awards by the International Netball Federation (INF) in Glasgow.
Both members of the Australian Netball Hall of Fame, Burton and McIntosh have significantly contributed to international netball in their various roles as player, coach and umpire during eight World Netball Championships and two Commonwealth Games.
As former Australian international players, Burton recorded 16 Test appearances from 1966-1975 while McIntosh recorded 29 games in the green and gold from 1981–1986 before both forged successful careers as umpire and coach respectively.
Chris Burton travelled to two World Championships as a player (1967, 1975) and three as an umpire. Her work in officiating has transformed the way the sport is umpired and she continues to coach umpires at an international level.
McIntosh, an agile centre court, won gold at the 1983 World Championships in Singapore as a player before leading Australia as national team coach for nine years, guiding her players to the 1995 and 1999 world championship victories and Commonwealth Games gold medals in 1998 and 2002.
The Western Australian’s coaching accolades include the Australian Confederation of Sport Coach of the Year Award in 1998 and the Australian Coaching Council Female Coach of the Year Award in 1998 and 1999.
McIntosh continues to be involved with the national team as selector of the Australian Diamonds, alongside Anne Sargeant and coach Lisa Alexander.
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