Time called after combined 50-plus years of service


Netball Upper Clutha stalwarts Yvonne Brew and Teresa Alexander are hanging up their hats, bringing their combined 50-plus years of service to an end.

The duo will step down from the committee at the next AGM, something that will take a bit of getting used to after having spent countless hours in a range of roles.

Mrs Brew has spent 32 years assisting the club, including 29 years on the executive committee and 13 years as a player, a role she maintained from 1987 to 2000.

In that time she played for Pioneer, Silver Threads and Upper Clutha.

She was elected on to the committee in 1988 and the same year passed her local umpire’s theory exam.

A range of roles beckoned in the 1990s, including vice-president, president and treasurer.

She later took on the role of Kiwi co-ordinator, now known as Future Ferns, Junior Ferns and Intermediates, and was also an umpire co-ordinator.

Mrs Brew has received a range of awards recognising her efforts over the years, including a service award in 2002 and a life membership award in 2009, both from Netball Upper Clutha.

In 2014 she received a Netball New Zealand Service Award.

Last year she was also made a life member of Netball South, in recognition of her dedication and countless hours given to netball over and above her involvement with Netball Upper Clutha.

Mrs Alexander has also had her fair share of netball involvement in the district, starting in 1991 as a playing member and club representative for Oanaka.

In 1995 she was elected as secretary for Netball Upper Clutha, a role she had on and off for seven years.

By 1998 she became Netball Upper Clutha president, a role she had on and off over five years.

In the years that followed, Mrs Alexander had a range of roles, including vice-president, treasurer and umpire co-ordinator.

Her umpiring role evolved over time.

With a range of umpiring qualifications under her belt, she was appointed as a Netball South qualified umpire assessor.

Her dedication to the sport was recognised in 2003 when she was given a service award from Netball Upper Clutha.

A Netball Upper Clutha life membership award followed in 2015 and earlier this year she was presented with a service award from Netball South.

There are not many roles Mrs Brew and Mrs Alexander have not taken on. They often juggled more than one at a time.

But, now was the time to step aside, Mrs Alexander said.

“We’ve done a lot between us.

“It’s just time. I always said I will know when the right time was – and this year is.”

Mrs Brew said although her involvement was something she had “loved”, she also felt now was the right time to step aside and hoped others would welcome the opportunity to get involved.


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