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Netballing Administrator honoured by International Netball Federation

Netball New Zealand Life Member Sheryl Dawson has become the latest to be recognised for her contribution to the game with the International Netball Federation (INF) Service Award.

Dawson was awarded the honour today at the 2019 Vitality World Cup in Liverpool, England.

An INF Service Award is presented to those who have given exceptional service to the Federation over a period of years at international level.

Dawson has been heavily involved with the game, in various areas, around the world for many years and has also been recognised on the Queen’s Honours list in recent years.

Dawson is well known for her administration roles in the game having been heavily involved behind the scenes for over 40 years.

Her resume is highlighted by roles overseeing World Championships (1999) and she was also New Zealand’s delegate to the International Federation from 1990 to 1998, going on to become President from 1999 to 2003.

Dawson dabbled in coaching, having hung up her playing bib, but it was administration roles where she made a real impact on the game having also held a position on the Netball New Zealand Board. She has filled numerous roles from grassroots level in New Zealand to chief executive with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Netball Franchise where she was at the helm during successful campaigns in The National Bank Cup and The ANZ Championship.

Dawson joins fellow New Zealanders, Dame Lois Muir, Kereyn Smith MNZM, Dawn Jones CNZM, OBE, Anne Taylor OBE, Marjorie Jenden and Ona Coatsworth to have received a Service Award from INF.