A Passion for Netball

Within most sports clubs or organisations you will usually find someone who does more than their fair share. Ann Conder is one of those people.

Ann has been heavily involved in Central Otago netball for almost 40 years. Her involvement has included playing, coaching, umpiring and administration roles. During her playing career, she was a Central Otago representative and was a founding member of the Molyneux Club. She continued playing A grade netball into her early 50s.

In recognition of her contribution, Ann received a Netball New Zealand Service Award in 2015 and was a recipient of the John Fitzharris Memorial Trophy for Services to Sport in 2014.

Despite trying to reduce her commitments recently, Ann continues to contribute a weekly netball column for The News, a Central Otago newspaper, and has picked-up coaching a team of year 7 or 8 girls from the Terrace School this season.

As Ann says, it’s the camaraderie and friendships that have come with her involvement in netball that continue to keep her involved:

“When I arrived in Alex I was just a young teacher, newly married, and found it hard to settle. I was ready to pack up and go back to Dunedin. Then the netball season started and everything changed. Some of those people I first started playing with I am still really good friends with today.”
Ann Conder

As much as Ann puts in, she feels like she gets plenty in return and seeing her young team of first time players from the Terrace School is providing her plenty of enjoyment this season.


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