A member of the Netball NSW Hall of Fame, Sykes was a selector for Australia’s 17/U, 19/U, 21/U and also with the open team for a decade from 2003.
As a player, she was a member of the Australian squad in 1970 and also represented New South Wales, serving as captain of the state for two years.
She was a satellite coach of the Australian team from 1989-1992 before coaching New South Wales’ 17/U side to three national titles in four years in the 1990’s.
Netball Australia President Noeleen Dix said Sykes had made a major contribution to the sport at all levels and was a long-time member of the Randwick Netball Association in Sydney.
“Carole loved netball and the people she met through the game became her extended family,” Dix said.
“She was a loyal friend to many. Carole was a people person who engaged with everyone and made them feel very special.
“She was an astute scholar of the game who read the play and team dynamics perfectly.”
Sykes was awarded an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her services to netball and inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2008.
Netball Australia sends its condolences to her husband Phil, children Paul and Lee, grandchildren, extended family, friends and associates.
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