Netball Tasmania is pleased to announce

the following people have been inducted into the Tasmanian Netball Hall of Fame.

Natasha Chokljat-Lew

Induction Year: 2019

Perhaps one of the most recognised names in Tasmanian Netball, Natasha began her career with Savage River primary school in the Devon competition, before moving to Launceston where she played with Esk. Having been identified at National Championships, Natasha would move to Victoria and be named in the Australia 21&U team, which was just the beginning.

Natasha went on to play in 181 National League matches through the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Natasha won three National League Premierships with the Melbourne Vixens, and another two with the Melbourne Vixens. Through her illustrious National League career, Natasha was awarded the annual ‘Player’s Player Award’, named in the League team of the year, and awarded player of the finals in 2006.

Above all else however, Natasha would represent Australia and become Tasmanian’s most capped Diamond’s athlete playing in 29 tests between 2003 and 2007. Natasha received the Melbourne Vixens ‘Excellence in Sport and Life’ Award in 2010 and has been recognised by Netball Victoria as a ‘Legend of the Game’.

Fiona Geappen 

Induction Year: 2019 

Fiona represented Tasmania at National Championships on many occasions. Fiona secured an AIS scholarship holder and was a ‘live in’ athlete from 1992 to 1994 before representing Australia at 21&U level. 

Following her stint at the AIS, Fiona played in the National Netball League for teams in both Victoria and South Australia before returning home to Tasmania, representing the State at National Championships and winning multiple State League premierships with Cripps Waratah. 

In 2002 Fiona was invited to re-join the National Netball League with the Melbourne Phoenix where she won a premiership before returning to Tasmania to continue her career as both an athlete and a coach. 

Shirley Hunt 

Induction Year: 2019 

Shirley is one of only a handful of Tasmanian athletes to have taken the court for Australia, having played in a three-test series against New Zealand in 1960. 

She also represented Tasmania at National Championships over a ten-year period, having served as the open team Captain on four occasions. On her playing retirement, Shirley continued to coach and manage Tasmanian State teams as well as contributing at a local level. 

Margaret Caldow 

Induction Year: 2019 

Margaret was born in Tasmania and was a part of the National Championship winning 1956 State Schoolgirls Netball team before moving to Victoria in her late teens. 

Marg was a long-term member of Victorian State teams, having Captained Victoria on eight occasions. Marg first represented Australia in 1963, going on to play in 27 tests for her country and competing in three World Championship winning teams through the 1960’s and 1970’s, and spanning the birth of her children. Marg Captained the Australian team in 1964/65 and again in 1975 when she Captained a successful World Cup Championship team in Auckland. It was at these World Championships where she was also named Captain of the ‘World Team’. 

Following her successful playing career, Marg went on to coach at the AIS, in the National League competition, and most recently in stints as an Assistant or Specialist coach with the Australian Diamonds. 

Rosalie Parkes 

Induction Year: 2019 

Rosalie represented Tasmanian on numerous occasions in the 1940’s and 50’s before becoming the first Tasmanian to ever tour with an Australian team, doing so in 1948. 

Upon the conclusion of her playing career, Rosalie continued to contribute to Tasmanian Netball serving as the State Open team Coach from 1948 to 1960. 

Rosalie is a former President of the Southern Tasmanian Netball Association and was awarded life membership in 1955.