Stalwart ‘humbled’ to receive award


Netball Upper Clutha president Tracey Gibson is “very humbled” to have been presented a service award during recent end-of-season festivities.

Gibson was given the award during the club’s recent prizegiving, as a way to recognise her 16 years’ of involvement.

The presentation came as a surprise to Gibson, who said she was “speechless”.

“You don’t do it for the recognition,” she said.

Gibson has dedicated countless hours to the sport locally to the benefit of the players and wider netball community, and plans to continue doing so.

She played netball in Nelson and Southland before moving to Upper Clutha, where she got involved when her daughter turned 5.

“I went along and started helping out and have been doing it ever since.”

Her involvement with the club has included helping junior netball grades for a number of years, both in a coaching and umpiring capacity.

She has also been involved with the intermediate grade, coached rep teams, been on the Mount Aspiring committee and, over the past four years, been Netball Upper Clutha president and the rep co-ordinator.

She is also an umpire coach assessor for Netball South.

Recognition for her dedication was not something she had expected.

“I’m just very humbled by it all, really. There’s a lot of other people in the region that do other things [too]. It’s a team,” she said.


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