Nanango & District Netball Association committee members Natasha Gerber, Terri Robinson, Lynn Smith, Tanya Glenny, outgoing President Sheena Lindholm, Jody Hatch and Julie Watt are determined to press on to achieve their ambitious $240,000 fundraising goal

November 21, 2017

The Nanango and District Netball Association will have a new president next year, as the club continues its quest to raise $240,000 to replace their netball courts.

Outgoing president Sheena Lindholm told the club’s recent Annual General Meeting she had to reluctantly stand down from the position because she was returning to work next year after a period of maternity leave.

However, she said the club had made great strides in the past year and was confident a new president and executive would maintain the forward momentum.

Delivering her President’s Report, Sheena noted the club had doubled its membership to 150 players in the past year and run many successful fundraising drives.

It had also restarted the Interdistrict Netball Carnival between Nanango and Kingaroy, and run many player development workshops.

The full text of Sheena’s annual President’s Report appears below:

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Nanango & Districts Netball Club

2017 President’s Report

This year, 2017, was a year of positive change and goal setting for the club.

Difficult decisions for the club proved successful, major logistical challenges were overcome, reignition of previous services were offered and new horizons and initiatives have already been scheduled ready for 2018.

In 2017, the club’s achievements included:

  • Doubling membership to 150 members
  • Netball Seniors Fun Competition raised over $1000
  • Reignition of a Interdistrict Netball Carnival Kingaroy vs Nanango
  • Central Burnett Challenge consisting of three teams (10, 12 and 15’s) carnivals in four towns
  • We found the ability to welcome and incorporate a large group of new players from Cherbourg
  • Hosting of a Nanango Carnival raising $2000
  • Ran a Hamilton Island raffle fundraiser which made $1000
  • Received recommitment of Funding from Heritage, Council and Gambling Community Benefit Fund for a combined $90,000 towards the replacement of the four netball courts
  • Submission of applications to two Sports and Recreation Grants, Holden Homeground Advantage Grant, HotFM Grant
  • Building a Uniform Cupboard – donated by Watt Family and Scanmac Cabinets
  • Rekeying of facility and key process installed
  • Hosting of a Talent Development Clinic – Brisbane Lions
  • Hosting of a Coaches Workshop with ex-NZ Ferns coach Leigh Gibbs as host
  • Representation of Rep Squads 11, 12, 13, 15 (all to at least two carnivals, some up to four outside of the South Burnett)
  • New Sponsors (and sponsorship prospectus) – Envirospheres, PJ Armstrong Concreting, McDonalds Kingaroy, South Burnett Community Store, CMCA SOLOS, Cherbourg Aboriginal Council, PCYC QLD, South Burnett CTC, Nanango RSL and SBRC (bins for carnival)
  • Second successful Trivia Night fundraiser
  • Organisation of community support fundraising and marketing for the association at Kingaroy Shoppingworld, Nanango Foodworks, CMCA Solos Rally Event and Nanango Markets
  • Formal feedback end-of-year process received through surveys

Some of the 2018 implementations include:

  • A new 16, 17 and 18’s club competition where the current Cadets become Junior Cadets
  • Rep Trials in 2017, for early coaching start in 2018
  • New and renewed ‘Net, Set, Go’ coaching and competition
  • Committee committed to allowing some of those boys playing this year to play another year
  • Implementation of an online registration portal

“I’d like to underline that the work this netball club does is a community service. It makes a difference in all of our children’s lives, and provides an opportunity for them to be active and go on further in a netball career if they so wish.

“Our very own Australian Olympic Team member Teliqua Clancy is evidence of our members going on in sporting opportunity to the highest level.

“This association has an amazing capacity to bring people together from different towns/villages/communities and make everyone feel welcomed and valued. There are so few places where this happens.

“The committee that I’ve had the privilege to work with – Julie, Tash, Tanya, Lynn, Jody and Dee – have been nothing short of great.

“Although somewhat small in size, the achievements have been many and the laughs haven’t stopped. Our sponsors this year have also been very generous, and we thank them very much!

“I wish Georgina and the future executive of the club great success and look forward to helping out in a different role. Having a long past, netball has a big future in Nanango and in the South Burnett – it’s been a privilege to work with both as President.”

The Nanango and District Netball Association will continue to raise money for new courts and will apply for grant funding to replace the four existing courts, which are estimated to cost $240,000.

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