TWO netball volunteers have been handed major awards.
Iris Ritson and Bernie Bell were both winners at the national Goalden Globe Awards held at the Birmingham NEC.
Iris won the Official’s Award – presented to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to officiating in netball, and this can include umpiring, table officiating, scoring and mentoring.
Iris, an ‘A’ award umpire, passes on her knowledge as a mentor to ‘C’ awards aiming for the ‘B’ award qualification.
In the past 12 months Iris has supported six umpires to pass their ‘B’ award, giving feedback and observational support at local and regional league matches.
Iris has also undertaken work to support new table officials in addition to her own umpiring and her role as table official for Team Northumbria.
Bernie Bell won the Muriel McNally Award – presented to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of netball in any capacity in administration, coaching or officiating at grassroots level for a minimum of ten years or more.
In 1991 Bernie joined Morpeth Netball Club which later developed into Wansbeck Netball Club.
As head coach, she has led developments including introducing a junior section, encouraging boys participation at High 5 level and fundraising to keep costs low.