Everyday Heroes We're Proud to Support: Narelle Schofield-Kern
Every sporting organisation has to start with an idea, and then that idea needs a special person to grab hold of it and sprint with it to the finish line.
Townsville City Netball Association would like to recognise their founding sprinter, Narelle Schofield-Kern, the woman who got their club up and running so many years ago, with this moving tribute to the work she has done for them and the person she has been for them.
Honour Board Competition – Townsville City Netball Association Inc.
Townsville City Netball Association Inc is celebrating our 35th year as an association this year. One of the projects we have is to get an honour board to recognise our past presidents who have been the drivers of the success we have achieved over this time. These people, 10 in total, have been the backbone that saw a fledging regional association grow into one of the biggest in the Queensland. Of these great people, there are many stand outs and unfortunately 3 have passed away and I want to recognise these people so that future members remember them and what they contributed.
If we are successful in our bid to win this board, it will be named after our founding president, Narelle Schofield-Kern. Narelle and a group of ladies saw the potential for a netball association to be formed in Townsville which would be affiliated with Netball Queensland. Without courts to play on, Narelle lobbied the local Council and members of parliament to find an area with courts that the Association could start playing on. Due to work and family commitments, Narelle had to leave Townsville a few years later, but when she returned, she quickly became, once again, a vital member of TCNAI.
Over the years, Narelle has held the positions of President, Vice-President and Treasurer. She is a current member of the our Special Events (Fun Squad), Fixtures and Umpiring sub-committees and is the person most members see each week running the front desk and ensuring games are on time. She is also well-known for her catering skills, and our working bees would not be the success they are without the wonderful morning teas supplied by Narelle for our volunteers.
For all her hard work and dedication to TCNAI, Narelle has been awarded Life membership.
I have personally known Narelle for all this time, having commenced playing for TCNAI as a teenager, after Narelle did a recruitment drive at my high school. TCNAI is indebted to Narelle, we would not exist without her and for her passion and commitment to our organisation and sport.
Thank you for sharing those inspiring words with us about Narelle and the TCNAI. Honouring her in this way is a wonderful form of acknowledgement, love and respect, and we have all benefitted from reading your story.
The Awards and Trophies Team