Big win: NSW Swifts captain Kimberlee Green (pictured) led her team to only their second win of the ANZ Championship. Picture: Murray WilkinsonSUTHERLAND Netball’s popular representative coach Maria Lynch was a deserved winner of the 2013 coach of the year award at the NSW Sports Federation 2013 Community Sports Awards held at Parliament House.
Lynch beat four other finalists after her successes with multiple teams at the national, state and association levels.
Lynch celebrated a fifth consecutive 21/U National Netball Championship title with the NSW team in March last year, steered Sutherland Shire to a grand final victory in the Dooleys State League Waratah Cup last July, and became an integral member of the runners-up, NSW Waratahs, in the Australian Netball League last September. Lynch was assistant coach.
Lynch is “over the moon”.
“In a team sport, you share things with your team and as a coach, you are always looking for your athletes to go further and see accolades,” she said.
“It’s a wonderful recognition for the hours of work you put in, but in saying that it’s all part of being in a team sport and I share this with all the players I’ve worked with and coaches over the years.”
■Sutherland Shire Netball Association will field teams in two age groups at the three-day 2013 State Championships starting on Saturday week, June 8.
Sutherland Shire will have teams in the opens and 17 years and under divisions at Baulkham Hills, and St George Netball Association will field a 19-years and under championship team. More than 130 teams will converge on two venues for one of Netball NSW’s largest marquee events on the calendar.
■Australia will be the first country to use newly developed indoor player tracking technology to gain a competitive advantage ahead of the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships, 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney.
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