Bev is netball's best volunteer

DEDICATED: Sealink Volunteer Star Award winner Bev Nolan and KINA president Alana Hinton. Photo: Maggie's Photography.

DEDICATED: Sealink Volunteer Star Award winner Bev Nolan and KINA president Alana Hinton. Photo: Maggie's Photography.

Bev Nolan has been presented with the Sealink Volunteer Star Award for 2021.

Bev became the president of the Western Districts Netball Club this year, but has put in many long hours before taking on the role to see her club rise from the ashes of the 2019-20 bushfires.

The Western Districts Football and Netball Club sports complex and club rooms were destroyed in the fires, but with the netball led by Bev and the football led by her husband Tony, the Wonks community have pushed through it all.

Each club nominates a person who they think is deserving of the Sealink Volunteer Star Award, and Bev was the much-deserved winner.

KINA president Alana Hinton said at the presentation that Bev was "totally dedicated to making sure netball went ahead, however possible".

She and Tony donated their food van for game days, and not only was she was responsible for ordering food and sorting out rosters, she also made sure shelters, toilets, showers, heating, changerooms, lighting, and uniforms were sources post-bushfires.

"All the while working through an ever-changing COVID rule and regulation format, Bev took all this in her stride and I quote, 'led the club out of the ashes into greener pastures'," Alana said.

"Bev is a wonderful ambassador not only for netball but the whole Island and its community spirit."

She helps set up and pack up, is the club's main senior umpire, and also plays.

"She gracefully steps aside to let the younger generation play on the court in her place, but is always ready to step in and add another game to her tally, which is already over 300," Alana said.

Bev said she was "totally shocked" and "very emotional" at the presentation.

"It has been an emotional couple of years and I'm very proud to received this award," she said.

She is also a finalist for the Netball SA Volunteer Award.

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