The Australian netball family is saddened by the passing of Anne George, at the age of 79.
Anne was a key figure of netball in Victoria, and nationwide as a volunteer and administrator, since joining the Victorian Women’s Basketball / Netball Australia Inaugural State Council in 1967.
Her leadership and experience saw her named Victoria’s delegate to the All Australia Netball Association Council from 1976 – 1978, before being awarded Victorian Netball Association Life Membership in 1979.
Anne was the driving force behind netball at the Waverley Netball Centre, from its very early beginnings in the early 1970’s to the facility that many young netballers know today. Her connection with the Waverley Netball Centre was ongoing, as President of the Waverley Night Netball Association from 1983 – 2015, (with exception of being Vice President in 1991-92). Anne served as Waverley Netball Centre’s Centre Manager from 1995 – 2009.
She played a crucial role in the 1991 Netball World Cup in Sydney, that saw a 10,050-strong crowd pack inside the Sydney Entertainment Centre, including then Prime Minister Bob Hawke, putting netball in front of the eyes of the nation. Anne was a Member of the Organising Committee, and held roles on the Finance Committee and as Merchandise Coordinator.
Anne’s impact on the sport has been recognised with numerous accolades, including the Australian Sports Commission Award for ’Initiative And Achievement’ with Waverley Night Netball Association, Sport & Recreation Industry Award – Victorian Volunteer of the Year and the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
Her passion for the game and strong community spirit will live on through the Waverley Netball Centre.
Netball Australia extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to Anne’s family, including children Ian and Cheryl and grandchildren Lachlan and Stephani. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday 31 May at 11.00am.