The netball community is saddened by the passing of Netball WA life member and manageress of Australia’s 1975 Netball World Cup winning team Yvette Auckett.
A former president of Netball WA between 1971 and 1975, Auckett was also presented with a Netball Australia Service Award for her outstanding contribution to the sport over many years at both state and national levels.
She was made a life member of Netball WA in 1953 and awarded an All Australian Umpire Badge in 1956
“The passing of Yvette is a sad loss for the netball community across Australia, especially in Western Australia,” Netball Australia president Noeleen Dix said.
“Yvette managed the 1975 Australian team that won gold at the Netball World Cup staged in Auckland, New Zealand.
“That team was coached by Joyce Brown and featured players like Marg Caldow, who was captain, Norma Plummer, Gail Dorrington and Chris Burton.
“A lot of work done by Yvette in the role of manageress was behind the scenes, but it allowed the players to focus on their task at hand which was winning the world championship.
“That they were able to achieve this is testament to Yvette’s efforts in taking care of their schedules off the court.
“On behalf of the board of Netball Australia, I pass on my condolences to Yvette’s family.”
Netball WA president Deane Pieters described Auckett as a pioneer of the sport.
“As a highly respected Netball WA Life Member, Yvette’s enormous contribution to netball in Western Australia has been profound and crucial to the growth and development of our sport,” Pieters said.
“The netball community is deeply indebted to Yvette’s contribution as a President, as well as serving in a variety of other administrative roles.
“On behalf of the entire Netball WA family, we extend our most sincere condolences to Yvette’s husband Alan, her family and friends.”