Netball Australia CEO wins accolade

vicsportawardNetball has featured prominently in the 2013 Victorian Sport Awards, with Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer being named the state’s top sports administrator.

Palmer was recognised with the Eunice Gill award, not just for her great work with netball but also in her role as chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport and board member of the MCG Trust.

Palmer is currently in Los Angeles at a sports administrator conference but a video was played at Wednesday night’s gala awards ceremony – held at the MCG – where she thanked Vicsport for the award.

“It’s an absolute honour to win the Eunice Gill award for sports administrator of the year and I’d like to thank the judging panel, the Victorian State Government and Vicsport,” Palmer said.

“I work with some wonderful people at Netball Australia, the Victorian Institute of Sport and the MCG Trust and we are very fortunate to be part of this wonderful industry in Victoria.

“I’d like to congratulate Vicsport for another successful year.”

The Victorian 17/U side that won last year’s national netball championships in Darwin was named the Junior Team of the Year. The award was accepted by Australian Diamonds vice-captain and Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield.

John Castles, who has been involved in netball for more than 30 years, was named the Victorian Official of the Year.

The top award on the night, the Victorian Sportsperson of the Year, was won by leading Australian cyclist Simon Gerrans.

The awards were streamed live for the first time and highlights from the night can be found at