Esperance Netball Association life member Jan Fiegert has received recognition from the state’s netball body for her significant contribution to the sport over the last three decades.
Ms Fiegert was presented with the award on Tuesday evening, November 20, by Netball WA Community Netball general Manager Liz Booth.
Since starting the sport in 1982, Ms Fiegert has spent many years as a player, coach, umpire, committee member and a regional coach development officer with the Esperance Netball Association.
After retiring from the game at the age of 40, Ms Fiegert turned her attention to coaching and umpiring.
As a result, Ms Fiegert served on the state’s Regional Netball Committee and took on the role of president for the Junior Esperance Netball Association Committee.
In a statement released by the Association, Ms Fiegert is described as a dynamic court player whose skills and expertise have reached many young players, with her impact evident in many current players both young and mature.
Ms Fiegert has also supported the Junior Achiever Award for the Association every year.
Ms Fiegert was instrumental in establishing the Goldfields Netball Region in 1992 and later became the coaching coordinator for the Goldfields and Esperance region the following year.
Over the next five years, Ms Fiegert travelled across the Goldfields-Esperance region, from Ravensthorpe to Condingup and as far north as Leinster to deliver coaching clinics.
In 2000, she was awarded the ultimate honour – the Australian Sports Medal.
The medal was an honour bestowed upon her by the Queen, former Prime Minister John Howard and Governor General William Deane.
The honour recognised her lifetime involvement and tireless efforts to promote the sport throughout the state.
A decade later, Ms Fiegert was awarded a life membership with the Esperance Netball Association in recognition of her contribution to the sport locally.
After more than 25 years, the Goldfields Netball Region as we know it will cease.
The Association said the chapter closure presented a wonderful opportunity for the region to recognise Ms Fiergert and her contribution to the sport across the region.
Esperance Netball Association are expected to become part of the Great Southern Region from early 2019.
Goldfields Netball Region president Fiona McDonald said Ms Fiegert was a valued member of the netball community.