Lake Hawea Netball Club has brought the season to an eventful end for some of its esteemed members.
Nicky Hewson, Colleen Carr and Christine Humphrey each received a service award, while Sonya Bostock was named a life member.
Ms Bostock, along with her friend Nicky Allum, started the Lake Hawea club about 20 years ago.
She has since been a valued member on the court as a player, coach and umpire.
Ms Bostock has also been club president on and off, and has been a long-term committee member.
She was “absolutely delighted” to receive the award.
“Definitely, my passion is netball.”
She never took on her many roles for the recognition.
“[However,] it’s always nice to be recognised for work put in over the years,” she said.
Ms Hewson, Mrs Carr and Mrs Humphrey were recognised for their loyalty to the club and the sport during a recent ceremony where they were each presented with service awards.
Ms Hewson started playing for Hawea in 1997 where she played A-grade and senior reserve for many years.
She coached Hawea Flat School primary teams and was primary co-ordinator for Netball Upper Clutha, among many other roles.
Mrs Carr joined the club in 2013 as a co-coach for its A-grade team.
In 2014 she took on the role of community centre representative, a position she still has on the committee, and last season was coach for both B and C-grade teams.
Mrs Carr said it was “very nice to be acknowledged”.
“It’s a good group to belong to.”
Mrs Humphrey started playing for Hawea in 1997 and was a founding committee member of the Lake Hawea Netball Club when it was established in 2008.
She initially played in the B-grade team.
After deciding her “playing days were over”, she remained a valued and devoted member of the club, and took on the role of coach for five seasons.
Mrs Humphrey has had various roles on the committee, including president in 2014, treasurer since 2015 and is also club umpire.
She said the award came as a surprise.
“It’s a great bunch of girls and we have a lot of fun.”