AWARD WINNERS: Shirley O’Brien (left) and June Backshaw (right) with former Australian netball captain Anne Sargeant.
AWARD WINNERS: Shirley O’Brien (left) and June Backshaw (right) with former Australian netball captain Anne Sargeant.

Local netball 'icons’ honoured

TWO local women were awarded the Ann Clarke Service Award at the NSW Netball presentation night in Sydney on November 6 for their 40 years of service to the sport locally.


Shirley O’Brien and June Backshaw have been involved with both Lismore and Ballina netball associations since the early 1970s.


They are both life members of the Ballina Netball Association.


And both, though aged in their 70s, are still active in netball, with Shirley coaching junior representative teams and June helping with the administration.


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