Netball stal­wart leaves the court

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

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.

Photo: JAN MACKEN­ZIE

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.

Photo: MARY-JO TO­HILL

Stand­ing down: Cen­tral Otago Netball Cen­tre pres­i­dent Sally Bell, en­joy­ing her last game of the 2014 sea­son.

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