Netball stalwart leaves the court
A bell jangled loudly over the PA to start the last games of the season at Alexandra’s Central Otago Netball Centre last Saturday.
One of them was the senior premier clincher which ended in Dunstan A beating Molyneux A by just one point, 30-29.
Sally Bell of Clyde watched on for what would be her final season as the centre’s president.
Standing down after nine years in the role, she felt proud of the achievements in her time, particularly of what was under her feet, the netball court’s new $550,000 surface upgrade, she said.
It was a four to five year fundraising project, which took up a huge amount of her, and a dedicated committee’s, time.
‘‘It’s a good example of how the role of president has grown into a huge job… it’s not just a matter of chairing meetings, but everything else you have to do, including fundraising, to make netball happen on Saturday.’’
And happen it did. However, she said the committee was looking into hiring an administrative assistant to deal with the enormous volume of work that the busy centre generated.
‘‘People are asking me ‘what are you going to do on Saturdays?!’ But I’ll always come and watch.’’
A trained teacher employed at the Central Otago Education Centre at Alexandra, Bell said she would continue to stay involved with netball as a coach and spectator, the game in which she shared a great love with her mother-in-law, Barbara Bell of Clyde.
Closely tied to the community, last year she was the convener of the Clyde School 150th jubilee, where she was a pupil, along with her husband, and later their children. She taught there, was on the first board of trustees and her father, Harry Chandler, was also on the school committee.
However, with a bit more free time on her hands, she was looking forward to pursuing some of her other community interests, such as Promote Dunstan and the Clyde Museum.
Easy as: Queenstown hairdresser Becky Nixon set a new record in the women’s 100 mile division of the Great Naseby Water Race on the weekend, finishing in 18 hours and 15 minutes.
Standing down: Central Otago Netball Centre president Sally Bell, enjoying her last game of the 2014 season.