Kangaroo Island volunteer stalwart Beverly Nolan won the HCF Volunteer Achievement Award at Netball SA's recent gala night.
More than 300 people in the Adelaide Entertainment Centre watched as Bev received her award at at the inaugural Netball SA Awards Gala.
Earlier this month, three finalists were announced in each category: the HCF Volunteer Achievement Award (Country) and the HCF Volunteer Achievement Award (Metro).
In the country division, Beverley Nolan of the Western Districts Netball Club (WDNC), Julie McLaren of the Myponga Netball Club and Kristen Hawthorn of the Crafers Netball Club were all chosen as deserving finalists for the award.
After much deliberation from the Awards Panel, Bev Nolan was selected as the overall winner for her significant contribution to helping Western Districts recover from the devastating bushfires that destroyed their clubrooms on Kangaroo Island last year.
A stalwart of the club for many years, she took on her biggest task yet when she put her hand up for the role of president in the wake of the fires.
Motivated by her love for her community, Bev was dedicated to making sure the netball season at Western Districts went ahead however possible.
With her husband Tony, the pair donated their food van and made modifications to get it up and running.
She sorted through options for shelters, heating, change rooms, uniforms, donations, and on top of that, she worked through all the rules and regulations COVID-19 threw her way.
Through it all, her strength, determination, kindness and positive attitude never faltered. When things got tough, she would smile, keep everyone calm and encourage them to move forward.
She led Western Districts out of the ashes in 2021 and the club walked calmly with her as they brought the community together to build a new area for all clubs to enjoy.
A 300-game player, who has taken on almost every role possible at the club, Nolan is an incredibly deserving recipient of the 2021 HCF Volunteer Achievement Award (Country).
Bev thanked Netball SA for the award, as well as its donations and support given to the Western Districts Netball Club for the 2021 season.
"This award means a lot to me and I feel it is a great recognition to the team effort by many volunteers at Western Districts Netball Club," she said.
"I attended the event with my good friend and WDNC life member Annie Morris, who nominated me for the Netball SA award. We had an absolute ball at the event.
"It was spectacular and awesome to see all the other award winners as well as a beautiful three course meal and other speakers and music entertainment throughout the evening.
"It was a brilliant highlight at the event to watch Georgie Horjus win the 2021 MVP for the Thunderbirds. A massive congratulations to Georgie!"
The Islander will feature a story on Georgie's award next week!
Bev meanwhile also thanked her fellow committee.
"I would like especially to thank my netball committee for outstanding contribution and support to me as president to the WDNC 2021 netball season, Slavica Miskovich, Ann Mclean, Serena Wyatt, Maree Gifford, Annie Morris, Lucy Morgan, Tracy Downing for all their efforts during the season," she said.
"Also thank you to our clubs coaches and umpires and many other tireless volunteers, players and supporters who contributed in many ways to bring everything together.
"Special thanks also go to Julie Boyle, Lee Watters, Michelle Nimo, Verity Carey, Carmen Joseph, Fiona Morrison, Shauna Hammat, Stella and Robert Benney.
"Thank you also to Western District Football Club president Tony Nolan and Western District Memorial Community Sports Club president Greg Bald and both their committees for their help they gave to the WDNC throughout the season.
"Having netball and footy happen this season with limited facilitates was a great way for the community to come together and catch up, which was very welcome after the fires and COVID setbacks.
"Thank you to all the people who have donated to Western Districts in any way. Your support is very much appreciated.
"A massive thank you to the Western Districts rebuild/steering committee who have been and continue their work since the fires.
"These people are working together towards the new build of our club rooms for all the sports that happen at Western Districts.
"These people are extremely dedicated and the outcome will benefit many for generations to come.
"I look forward to the new build being completed and look forward to hosting the Netball and Football 2022 grand finals at Gosse."
Bev Nolan has been presented with the SeaLink Volunteer Star Award for 2021. Each netball club nominates a person who they think is deserving of the SeaLink Volunteer Star Award, and Bev was the much-deserved winner.