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Lo­cal net­ball leg­end, Brenda Wil­liams, was filled with joy this week after be­ing se­lected as Ku-ring-gai’s Women of the Year.

Mem­ber for Ku-ring-gai, Alis­ter Henskens, said Wil­liams’ name im­me­di­ately came to mind when con­sid­er­ing can­di­dates for the Women of the Year Award.

Dur­ing his speech at the cer­e­mony on Canoon Road net­ball courts in Tur­ra­murra, Henskens praised Wil­liams’ many years of de­vo­tion to net­ball in the area.

“To­day we hon­our a lady whose name is syn­ony­mous with net­ball in Ku-ring-gai. Brenda Wil­liams is be­ing recog­nised for her 55 years of ser­vice and pas­sion for the sport that she loves,” he said.

“I couldn’t think of any­one more wor­thy of the ti­tle Kur-ring-gai Women of the Year.”

NSW Min­is­ter for Women, Pru Goward, was also at the cer­e­mony to present Wil­liams with her award. The Min­is­ter said these awards were a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing women who are of­ten taken for granted.

“This is a way of re­ally en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to think about what is it that women do, that we need to ac­knowl­edge. Can we think of women who have done won­der­ful things? And it starts a con­ver­sa­tion,” said Min­is­ter Goward.

Min­is­ter Goward said it was very im­por­tant that state and lo­cal lev­els of gov­ern­ment con­trib­ute to the lives of women who had been sig­nif­i­cant achiev­ers and role models.

Wil­liams is Ku-ring-gai Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s long­est serv­ing mem­ber and she has been an in­te­gral part of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“It is ex­cit­ing to be nom­i­nated for any­thing, ex­cept the wooden spoon of course. But, it’s in­cred­i­ble to get this recog­ni­tion, and maybe it will help some­one else think­ing ‘well that could be me, I could get that one day,’”she said.

“I couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port of my fam­ily, I must have driven them crazy.”

The Berowra lo­cal said the re­ward for ded­i­cat­ing her time came from see­ing the young play­ers achieve goals and grow as play­ers.

LtoR State MP for Ku-ring-gai Alis­ter Henskens, Ku-ring-gai Woman of the Year Brenda Wil­liams, NSW Min­is­ter for Women Pru Goward Photo: An­thony Brew­ster

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