Net­ball vol­un­teer recog­nised

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti

Katan­ning’s Gail But­ter­worth has won the Great South­ern Net­ball Vol­un­teer of the Year Award for her con­tin­u­ous ser­vice for the past 18 years.

Mrs But­ter­worth has been vol­un­teer­ing with the Katan­ning Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ever since her daugh­ters were old enough to play net­ball.

Over the years, she has oc­cu­pied var­i­ous roles for the As­so­ci­a­tion. She is the as­so­ci­a­tion’s devel­op­ment of­fi­cer and coaches the ju­nior and se­nior net­ball teams.

Mrs But­ter­worth has com­pleted mul­ti­ple ac­cred­i­ta­tions as a coach and is a qual­i­fied in­ter­me­di­ate coach.

Mrs But­ter­worth also co-or­di­nates the teams’ uni­forms and or­gan­ise their travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion through­out mul­ti­ple net­ball car­ni­vals across the Great South­ern.

She spends the ma­jor­ity of her week­ends vol­un­teer­ing for the Katan­ning Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion

“I’ve got four daugh­ters and we live on a farm, so I need to man­age my time well — but I do this be­cause I love it,” Mrs But­ter­worth said of her vol­un­teer­ing ef­forts.

“I love watch­ing the lit­tle kids learn and (then) you see them all grown up and (they’ve) turned out to be great net­ball play­ers. You do it be­cause you love it — and that’s how you’ll find time to do it.”

Katan­ning Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Sara An­der­son said they nom­i­nated Mrs But­ter­worth for the vol­un­teer of the year award be­cause of her end­less work for the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“Gail But­ter­worth is a tire­less vol­un­teer for KNA,” she said. “It would be im­pos­si­ble to quan­tify the hours Gail ded­i­cates or mea­sure the value she is to our as­so­ci­a­tion.

“Gail is an as­set to our as­so­ci­a­tion and is a muchde­served re­cip­i­ent of this award.”

Pic­ture: Katan­ning Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion

Vol­un­teer of the Year re­cip­i­ent Gail But­ter­worth, sec­ond from right, with daugh­ters Chelsea, 16, Jas­mine, 13, and Tif­fany, 11.

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