Mil­dren named DNA life mem­ber

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

Christina Mil­dren has be­come the most re­cent life mem­ber of the De­niliquin Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

At the DNA’s end of sea­son pre­sen­ta­tion last Fri­day, she was sur­prised with the hon­our of life mem­ber­ship af­ter many years of ser­vice.

Mil­dren first joined the DNA as a player, when she moved to De­niliquin in 1995.

Since then she has been a mas­sive part of the as­so­ci­a­tion, from be­ing ju­nior net­ball co­or­di­na­tor, rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­ball co­or­di­na­tor and then DNA pres­i­dent from 2012 to 2016.

Mil­dren said she was very sur- prised when the achieve­ment was an­nounced.

‘‘You do all the hard work for the com­mu­nity and the chil­dren and not to get this recog­ni­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘It is nice to know that the con­tri­bu­tions I have made have been deemed wor­thy of this great hon­our, though.

‘‘I’ve made a lot of great friends through my in­volve­ment in the DNA so I thank the or­gan­i­sa­tion for that.

‘‘There were a cou­ple of years where I wasn’t in­volved in the club due to hav­ing chil­dren, but I al­ways knew I’d be back.

‘‘I re­turned to the DNA in 2006 and was more in­volved in the off-court pro­ceed­ings over the past 11 years.’’

Mil­dren’s love for the DNA stems from the op­por­tu­ni­ties it gives young net­ballers.

‘‘Just see­ing the en­joy­ment on faces from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity is re­ward enough and that’s why I’ve love be­ing a part of the DNA,’’ she said.

‘‘I also feel that if you want your chil­dren to be a part of it then you have to be will­ing to help out.

‘‘My chil­dren have been play­ing and en­joy­ing their time with the DNA as well, so that’s helped me to con­tinue to be in­volved.’’

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