Humbling honour for a netball treasure
AMONG the plethora of awards handed out at the Warwick and District Netball Association presentation night last Saturday was one special honour for a special woman.
Warwick and District Netball Association secretary Linda Bunch was awarded life membership to the association.
Bunch said she was shocked when the award was announced. "It was a huge surprise, followed by sheer excitement," Bunch said.
"It's a huge honour and one that I'll value forever.
"To be considered in the same realm as the other life members is humbling."
Bunch first began playing netball for Karara Primary School at the age of 15 before in 1985 playing her first association netball where she has played the majority of years since and been a committee member since 2006.
Bunch said it was her passion for the game that drove her.
"I love netball and I love helping others enjoy netball," she said.
"The accolades are nice and it's very rewarding to have people acknowledge my input.
"It's lovely to be part of a strong association and it's not just me - the other committee members certainly put in.
"It's great to work with a great group of ladies to bring Warwick netball together."
Fellow association life member Leanne Olsen paid tribute to Bunch's contribution.
"Quite simply, Linda Bunch is Warwick Netball and our association is going from strength to strength thanks to her dedication," Olsen said.
"Not everyone agrees with every committee decision but based on our members' reactions and the standing ovation she received, the recognition was well deserved and very popular and I'm pleased to say that this is one decision that the committee got right."
Olsen said Linda's interaction with the younger children was important.
"Linda says that she doesn't know one end of a child from another, but the rapport she has built with our younger players is just incredible as she passes on her wealth of knowledge to them."